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June 19, 2009

UI settles open records lawsuit

In June 2007, the University of Iowa Presidential Search Committee, an ad hoc group of faculty, staff and citizens appointed by the Board of Regents, was sued for alleged technical violations of the Iowa open meetings law. The UI has settled this lawsuit.

Although the committee members did not intentionally violate Iowa law, the settlement acknowledges that the committee violated several technical requirements of the Iowa open meetings law. The committee on several occasions failed to give proper notice of public and closed meetings, discussed matters in closed session which were required to be discussed in open session, discussed matters in closed session which were not directly related to the announced reasons for holding a closed session, and took final action in closed session.

As a part of the settlement, the suit has been dismissed and no further claims will be pursued. The open meetings statute provides that if any violation occurs, the court shall order the payment of all costs and reasonable attorneys fees, so the settlement includes payment of plaintiff's attorney's fees in this case. A copy of the final settlement agreement is available online at http://news-releases.uiowa.edu/2009/june/061909settlement.pdf

The UI recognizes and praises the hard work of the committee members in recommending candidates to the Board of Regents.

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