“I’m not here to protect people’s reputations.”

Report on professor’s misconduct must be made public.

A Wisconsin judge has rejected a lawsuit from a professor which sought to shield from an open records request a report detailing the reasons he was removed as chair of his department. The records request was made by two media organizations.

The ruling says in part:

“This court has no interest in shielding from public scrutiny the misconduct of a professor … simply because if the public sees the misconduct they are going to think less of the professor,” Niess said. “I’m not here to protect people’s reputations from the effect of their own misdeeds.”

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