From a freelancer in Kokomo:
Q: I am doing some research about genetically engineered foods. I am interested in knowing if details about grants to public universities are considered public information. I would like to know what grants, for example, are going to the School of Agriculture at Purdue in what amount, from whom, and for what.
I have the same questions about grants going to Ivy Tech that has programs in agriculture as well. Do I have a right to this information?
A: It never hurts to ask. The worst that can happen is you get a denial.
A problem you may run into is confidentiality under IC 5-14-3-4(a)(6) in the state’s Access to Public Records Act, which protects “information concerning research, including actual research documents, conducted under the auspices of a state educational institution, including information: concerning any negotiations made with respect to the research; and received from another party involved in the research.”
Contact Steve Key, HSPA executive director and general counsel, with media law questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or (317) 624-4427.