This is a public records request for the aggregate data collected by University of North Carolina about sexual violence incidents since January 1, 2007 or as far back in time as the data is collected. I ask that the data be provided in delimited electronic format, including but not limited to the following fields: nature, date, time and general location of the sexual violence incident.
This request is based on section E-3 of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights’ document titled “Questions and Answers on Title IX and Sexual Violence” — a document that the Department of Education determined is a “significant guidance document” under the Office of Management and Budget’s Final Bulletin for Agency Good Guidance Practices, 72 Fed. Reg. 3432 (Jan. 25, 2007) and can be found here https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/qa-201404-title-ix.pdf — which states the following:
“In order to identify patterns or systemic problems related to sexual violence, a school should collect aggregate data about sexual violence incidents from non-professional counselors or advocates in their on-campus sexual assault centers, women’s centers, or health centers. Such individuals should report only general information about incidents of sexual violence such as the nature, date, time, and general location of the incident and should take care to avoid reporting personally identifiable information about a student. Non-professional counselors and advocates should consult with students regarding what information needs to be withheld to protect their identity.”
If there are any fees for searching or copying these records, please inform me if the cost will exceed $20. However, I would also like to request a waiver of all fees in that the disclosure of the requested information fits squarely in the public interest and will contribute significantly to the public’s understanding of sexual violence incidences on college campus. I seek this information for news-gathering purposes as reporter for the Oregon Daily Emerald newspaper.
I request a prompt response to this request. If you expect a significant delay in responding to or in fulfilling this request, please contact me with information about when I might expect copies of the requested records.
If you determine that any of the requested information qualifies for an exemption from disclosure, please note whether the exemption is discretionary, and if so, whether it is necessary in this case to exercise your discretion to withhold it. If you determine that some but not all of the information is exempt from disclosure and that you intend to withhold it, please redact it for the time being and make the rest available. In any event if you determine that any of the information is exempt and will not be disclosed, please provide me with a signed notification that cites the specific legal authorities which you believes justifies that exemption.
If I can answer questions about the format or provide any clarification that will expedite this request, please contact me directly.