Michigan: FOIA and media requests have ‘increased dramatically’ at MSU

In wake of the news surrounding MSU’s handling of ex-MSU and USA Gymnastics doctor Larry Nassar’s sexual abuse case, the university’s Freedom of Information Act Office has received an increase in FOIA requests and MSU’s Communications and Brand Strategy, or CABS, is still experiencing a high volume in media inquiries. 

The Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, allows interested individuals to receive access to documents from public institutions. 

The past three years have seen an influx of news surrounding the university’s handling of the Nassar sexual abuse scandal. FOIA requests to MSU have “increased dramatically,” according to MSU Spokesperson Emily Guerrant. 

“In fact requests nearly doubled from 2016 to 2017 and, based on the number of requests already received, we anticipate 2018 to be higher still,” Guerrant said via email. “We recognize that sometimes our timelines for processing requests are not ideal, but we are doing the best we can with our available resources.” Read more…