UCLA Stalled Public Records Request for Over a Year on Campus Visit by Trump Treasury Secretary

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The University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) is a public university and has stalled a public records request for 391 days. The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), a free speech organization, sued UCLA for stalling for over a year. By state law, UCLA has to release public records within ten days of the request, but instead, the university gave itself five extensions to delay the release of the records.

The records in question are surrounding last year’s on-campus visit by U.S. Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin, a Trump administration cabinet secretary. Five people were arrested after disruptive protests, and those individuals were not students.

Is this odd to stall this information request for over a year, if the arrests were made and there apparently is not much to hide?