FOIA session offers helpful information, little applicable to private institutions

By Bryan Anderson

Elon University is a private institution, which means access to public records is severely limited. Vince Filak offered an energetic, engaging presentation with a helpful overview of the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA). He constantly answered questions, including two from yours truly. In the presentation, Filak did a great job articulating how to go about executing a FOIA request.

He talked about the need to be specific with a written request, provide a timeline for how soon you expect to receive a response. He also explained how Frank LoMonte of the Student Press Law Center was a valuable resource for fielding legal questions. Moreover, the information was valuable but offered nothing new to me.

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