UMD Public Records Request, an amazing piece on UMD student activism and administrative response:

UMD Charges Students Hefty Fees for Public Documents Related to Treatment of Campus Workers

Students at University of Maryland, College Park must come up with $678.26 by Oct. 3 in order to learn what the school’s top administrators have said in internal emails about student organizing efforts for worker justice on campus.

Since UMD is a public university, its records can be requested under the Maryland Public Information Act (MPIA), which is similar to the federal Freedom of Information Act.

In July, student-activist Mary Yanick, who’s now in her first year at Yale Law School, filed an MPIA request for any emails sent to or from a slew of top administrators which mention the words “Daycon,” “Feminism,” “Black Faculty and Staff Association,” or “BFSA.”

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