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Web Date: July 14, 2017

Rhode Island shields academic researchers’ records

Law aims to protect scientific work from disruptions by activists
Department: Government & Policy
Keywords: policy, academic freedom, public records, Rhode Island

A new Rhode Island law is designed to protect draft reports and working papers of researchers at the state’s university and colleges from public disclosure.

The law, enacted late last month, modifies the state’s public records statute that governs public access to information from government entities. Rhode Island may be the first state that has revised its public records law specifically to head off attacks on academics at state institutions of higher education, says Michael . . .

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