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Editor’s Note 01/11/21: The above submission has been revised for clarity and scope. As originally written, it was unclear what specific information the sender hopes to receive, or to which specific parties the relevant records pertain. The request we send to NCSU will read as follows:
“Hello NC State University Records Officer,
I’d like to make a three-part public records request for the following information:
[Part 1 of 3]
Please provide copies of all emails and memos sent between Chancellor Randy Woodson, Staff members of the Chancellor’s office (e.g., Paula Gentius and Lisa Pierson), all members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Provost Warwick Arden, and Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone, during the specific time period of 02/01/20 – 12/31/20 which pertain to the options considered to cover NC State University’s COVID-19 related budget shortfalls in the university’s “auxiliary units”.
If possible, I’d prefer that machine readable documents like emails are received in pdf format.
[Part 2 of 3]
Please provide copies of all meeting notes/minutes, video and/or audio from recorded Zoom meetings (or from virtual meetings held over any other teleconferencing software), during the specific time period of 02/01/20 – 12/31/20 which pertain to the options considered to cover NC State University’s COVID-19 related budget shortfalls in the university’s “auxiliary units”.
The most relevant individuals in this search should ideally include Chancellor Randy Woodson, Staff members of the Chancellor’s office (e.g., Paula Gentius and Lisa Pierson), all members of the Chancellor’s Cabinet, Provost Warwick Arden, and Vice Chancellor Charles Maimone.
If possible, I’d prefer that machine readable documents like meeting notes are received in pdf format, and that recordings of teleconference meetings are in mp3 or mp4 format for audio or video, respectively. I understand that some segments of these meetings were closed-session and I’d like to request the recordings and notes from the open segments of those meetings.
Additionally – if any/all parts of the request are already satisfied by documents which are publicly available online, please feel free to provide a direct link to that information online instead.
[Part 3 of 3]
Please provide all meeting minutes and recordings from the University Council meetings that were scheduled to have occurred on Monday, March 9, 2020; Monday, August 10, 2020; Monday, October 12, 2020; and, the meeting notes and recording of the meeting scheduled to occur on Monday, January 11, 2021.
Note: If you deny any or all parts of this three-part request, please cite each specific exemption you feel justifies the refusal to release the information under NC public records law, and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law.
Thank you for your assistance!”
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