Yale accepts decision requiring more access to campus police records

Yale University will not appeal a state agency decision that declares the university’s police department a public body for purposes of the state’s open records laws, Yale announced in a press release April 11. “The University will abide by the FOI Commission’s decision requiring disclosure of certain documents related to Yale Police Department officers; we are doing so because Yale recognizes the unique and public law enforcement role that its officers play in the City of New Haven,” the statement said.

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SPLC View: This is an important decision based on a rational, common-sense approach consistent with the purpose behind freedom of information laws: helping ensure that those given significant governmental authority don