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UMass admits discarding records

Search process may have violated open meeting law

By Noah Bierman
Globe Staff / December 16, 2011
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The University of Massachusetts acknowledged yesterday that it discarded original records from the closed-door search for its new president, a process which was previously found to have violated the state’s open meeting law. A spokesman, Robert Connolly, blamed a secretary for throwing the meeting notes away in the spring, but said UMass general counsel Deirdre Heatwole defended the practice as appropriate under the state’s public records law, since the notes had already been used to draft official minutes.

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