Another of our periodic email cautionary notes

From time to time, we have provided reminders about email problems.  One problem - which we have noted - is that at a public university, your emails may be subject to public documents requests.Another problem is that hackers may try to get into your email account through "phishing," probably to use it to send out … Continue reading Another of our periodic email cautionary notes

Ahead of the Curve

The curved neuroscience buildingInside Higher Ed takes note of the recent UCLA policy on requests to faculty for public documents such as emails.  Blog readers will recall a recent posting on that new policy....Carole Goldberg, a professor of law and vice chancellor of academic personnel at UCLA, is co-chair of the joint Academic Senate-Administration Task … Continue reading Ahead of the Curve

Someone may want to see what you are doing

Faculty should have received the email from Chancellor Block below regarding public documents requests for such things as emails.  The statement is good.  The two links provided are also useful.  But when you get through reading them, you should still regard virtually anything you email or write as potentially a public document.  Yes, various exemptions … Continue reading Someone may want to see what you are doing

Unsolicited Advice for All UCLA and UC Faculty

Yesterday, we provided some unsolicited - and maybe unwelcome? - advice for the folks in Murphy Hall.  Today, we provide some advice for all UCLA and UC faculty.  Actually, it is a reminder of advice that we give from time to time.  We live in an age where the word "transparency" has taken on an … Continue reading Unsolicited Advice for All UCLA and UC Faculty

Scary Thoughts for Halloween

Over the past year or so, there have been various scary developments about which we have blogged.  Most recently there is the recently-filed anti-pension initiative that sweeps in UC.  There is the volatility of state budget because of its heavy dependence on the income tax and the incomes of those in the upper brackets that … Continue reading Scary Thoughts for Halloween

With modern recording devices, a reminder that your classes are not really private, whatever the legalities

That was then and this is now.We have reminded faculty from time to time that emails and other communications at public universities are generally not private and can be requested as public documents.  There are some questions about the legalities of students recording your classes.  A recent case in which a teacher in the LA … Continue reading With modern recording devices, a reminder that your classes are not really private, whatever the legalities

UC Should Have an Interest in CalPERS Privacy Hearings

As noted many times on this blog, the wholesale release online of payroll and pension data BY NAME is a violation of personal privacy of employees and retirees and raises the threat of ID theft.  No private universities are forced to release such data.  None would do it voluntarily.  Indeed, no private employers of any … Continue reading UC Should Have an Interest in CalPERS Privacy Hearings

Would it get under your skin if university administrators poked around in your emails?

Located in Boston, not far from HarvardSome blog readers may recall the brouhaha that erupted at Harvard when some administrators poked around in university emails trying to discover who was leaking info about a student cheating affair.  A dean apparently ended up resigning when the email searching became known.  The Boston Globe is reporting that … Continue reading Would it get under your skin if university administrators poked around in your emails?

Listen to the Regents Afternoon Meeting of July 17, 2013

Most of the afternoon activity of the Regents on Wednesday, July 17, was in closed sessions for which no audio is available.  The main item of interest in the open period was the privacy initiative, noted in an earlier post, which is a work in progress.Afternoon Agenda: July 17, 20131:00 pm Committee on Compliance and … Continue reading Listen to the Regents Afternoon Meeting of July 17, 2013

Regents Will Consider Privacy (in Public)

We noted in an earlier post that a preliminary agenda for the Regents' meeting next week had been posted.  The more detailed attachments for the meeting have now been posted.  One topic to be taken up is UC policy on "privacy."  At this point, however, it is all processes to set a policy rather than … Continue reading Regents Will Consider Privacy (in Public)