University of Oregon Asks Professor Stop Reading and Return Copies of 22,000 University Documents 7 Weeks After Obtained From Library
The University of Oregon ordered the professor who got 22,000 pages of presidential documents from the UO library archives to quit reading them — nearly seven weeks after he got them from the library.
In a letter — dated Jan. 20 and obtained anonymously by The Register-Guard — the UO said the professor should “… gather or retrieve any and all copies that you have made, remove any documents that you have posted on the internet, and return the originals and all copies of the documents …”
The letter to the unnamed professor warned “any further disclosure of confidential documents would be in direct contravention of your responsibility as a member of the faculty.”
The letter was signed by Barbara Altmann, vice provost for Academic Affairs. The professor got the documents from the UO library archives on Dec. 3.
The unnamed professor has not returned documents — which were delivered to the professor electronically — to the university. Two archivists are on leave pending an investigation on how the documents were released.
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