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Privacy laws protect former student’s identity

April 18, 2017

Administrative bodies at the University, including those in student life and fraternity and sorority life, knew who stole the Black Lives Matter flag as soon within two days of the Sept. 25 theft, the documents stated.

David Nestor, Dean of Students, discusses privacy laws. After the flag was stolen, the perpetrators identity was kept private because of federal law, he said.

Annie Stevens, vice provost for student affairs, said she participated in other conversations in February about whether or not to release information about the thief’s identity.

It was decided that there was no way to keep Reichhelm’s identity private if they released information regarding who stole the flag, Stevens said.

Nestor said that privacy laws, which prevent the University from identifying individuals in student conduct cases, sometimes put the University in a situation where it’s unable to comment on issues that impact the community.

It puts us in a very awkward position time and again.”

— David Nestor, dean of students

 

“It puts us in a very awkward position time and again,” Nestor said. “Other people can talk about what they know about. We have to remain in this posture of no comment, which looks suspicious on the surface.”

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