Jan 162010
 
 January 16, 2010  Misc, Workplace

The state Ethics Commission on Friday delayed a decision on whether the University of Southern Mississippi was wrong when it denied the Hattiesburg American’s request for information on a $112,500 settlement the school made with a former graduate assistant.

The newspaper in October filed a public records request with USM seeking documents related to USM’s settlement with Colleen Speaker, a former women’s tennis graduate assistant.

The university refused to provide any documents for two reasons:

  • They fall under the category of attorney-client privilege.
  • Releasing the documents could violate a student privacy law that could cost USM its federal funding.

The American in October appealed the decision to the Ethics Commission.

Read more in the Hattiesburg American.

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