About

Ten years ago, students at Ohio University conducted a public records audit of the state's four-year universities to determine whether they were in compliance with the state's Sunshine Law. That law, detailed here, gives Ohioans access to a wide range of government records. Public universities, funded with taxpayer dollars, are subject to those laws. Ohio's public records laws are considered some of the best in the nation.

The latest Ohio Universities Public Records Audit, conducted in 2016, did three things. First, it checked how front-line university employees respond to requests from ordinary citizens. Second, it determined how long it takes universities to provide records. Third, it compared how universities performed compared to the last audit in 2005.

What we requested

Auditors requested five records from each university by asking in-person For more on our methodology, click here. What follows is a list of what we requested.

How the audit came to be

The audit was first conceived by Will Drabold during his junior year at Ohio University. Following his participation in the Ohio public records audit of 2014, which did not audit universities, Drabold looked to check compliance on public campuses.

Together with Danielle Keeton-Olsen, a fellow student and writer at The Post, the two coordinated with student journalists all over Ohio to check compliance with the Ohio Sunshine Law.

For a full list of participants, click here.