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SCHOOL GETS AN F
UND SHOULD MAKE AN ACCREDITATION REPORT AVAILABLE BEFORE TAKING STEPS TO IMPLEMENT IT.
Dennis Davis, the director of the UND School of Communications, refused to release the report of an accrediting, committee that found fault with his school.
The decision is an astonishing one for a communications teacher. It appears to violate North Dakota's open records law, which says that every record developed by any arm of the government is open unless the law makes a specific exemption. Davis isn't able to point to an exemption and precedent suggests the law does apply in this case. It's a terrible example for students in a school where many of its graduates will have to deal routinely with government officials who try to withhold information.
The draft report apparently requires action before May 1, when the national accrediting organization will review the report and make it final. If the report were to remain secret until then, the university would be in the awkward position of making changes without giving people who are affected a full understanding of why steps need to be taken,
The University President should overrule Davis and release the report. That way, North Dakotans can understand what's gone wrong and take steps to fix the problems.
Grand Forks Herald, January 4, 1992, Mike Jacobs, Grand Forks Herald editorial board