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Deadbeat University: Michigan deposits money for FOIA request, stalls FOIA request

When you bribe someone, they are supposed to provide you a service in return.

The University of Michigan couldn’t even reach the bribery level, depositing a check for a state Freedom of Information Act request and then not fulfilling the request for a month and counting, with no explanation.

Michigan Capitol Confidential reports:

On Nov. 16, 2016, the Mackinac Center for Public Policy filed a FOIA request to the university regarding certain emails of U-M President Mark Schlissel. The university’s FOIA office received the request the next day, then on Nov. 28 requested a 10-day extension allowed under state law.

On Dec. 21 the university cashed the center’s $63 deposit required by law to start the FOIA process, but more than a month later it has still not fulfilled the request and missed its own self-imposed deadline last week, said CapCon, the center’s reporting project.

A university spokesman’s timeline suggests the request will be fulfilled next week – nearly three months after it was made.

UMich’s deadbeat behavior is getting noticed in broader media circles, with the Michigan Press Association telling CapCon the school appears to be “intentionally delaying” fulfillment in violation of state law.

Read the report by College Fix alumnus Derek Draplin.

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Greg Piper served as associate editor of The College Fix from 2014 to 2021.