FAU Fails Public Records Test

By Dylan Bouscher

If obeying public records laws came down to passing a two-question quiz, Florida Atlantic University would fail after barely guessing the right answer once.

On two separate occasions, the Citizens Awareness Foundation made in person requests to photograph and inspect records at FAU’s bookstore and University President’s Office. But FAU employees only complied with Florida’s sunshine law once.

During the first incident on May 6, textbook forms submitted by professors were requested, photographed, and inspected, so students could see how much their textbooks were being marked up by the campus store. The records were inspected and photographed, just before the bookstore manager called FAU Police. Watch the video below to see how that ended:

Following this incident, the Citizens Awareness Foundation returned to FAU on Thursday, May 22, to request, inspect, and photograph University President John Kelly’s schedule. On that occasion, no records were inspected or photographed. See for yourself in the following video:

In the second video, the woman’s refusal to allow inspection may have violated Florida’s public records law, which states:

“119.07, (1)(a) Every person who has custody of a public record shall permit the record to be inspected and copied by any person desiring to do so, at any reasonable time, under reasonable conditions, and under supervision by the custodian of the public records.”

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