Arbitrator rules on uOttawa access to faculty documents

November 25, 2008

Last month, an arbitrator upheld the Association of Professors of the University of Ottawa's objection to the university's directive to academic staff to release their records and files. In November 2006, uOttawa advised faculty that they had to provide printed or electronic copies of all their documents, including e-mail, that referenced a certain professor or graduate student as part of a freedom of information request the university received. The association said such documents were not under the university's custody, and the principal exception was for administrative-related records. The arbitrator agreed. CAUT Bulletin