University declines to estimate timeline for FOIA documents

The University has yet to release dozens of documents related to the U.S. Department of Education’s ongoing Title IX investigation of the University, which were requested and paid for in part by The Michigan Daily over two months ago.

The Daily made a request to the University in December under the purview of the state’s Freedom of Information Act, and paid one of two $445 fees in January for the collection of documents related to sexual misconduct — including written complaints, e-mails from administrators and witness statements, among other documents.

The state’s Freedom of Information Act, or FOIA, provides for the release of records by public institutions in the state of Michigan, including the University. However, after the documents are requested, FOIA does not specify a deadline by which an institution must produce the documents. Continue>>>