McGill seeks right to reject information requests

January 22, 2013

McGill University has asked Quebec's commission in charge of access to information for the permission to reject future requests from students who repeatedly demand information. The university is refusing to release material requested by 14 students. A McGill spokeswoman says the institution is standing by its request because the students' demand would disrupt operations at the university. She says the author of McGilliLeaked, a website investigating McGill's administration, and 13 other individuals are abusing the system. She says the requests involve several large demands, including "all floor plans or maps of all buildings, tunnels and space maintained or operated by McGill, including emergency exits like fire escapes." The spokeswoman says requests for access to information rose from 37 to 170 between 2011 and 2012. CBC