Monroe BOE Watchdog

Dear Rowan University,

This is a request for public records made under OPRA and the common law right of access. I am not required to fill out an official form. Please acknowledge receipt of this message.
Records requested:

Records are requested for the enrollment dates of Chari Robynne Brownstein Chanley, also goes by the name of Chari R. Chanley (born 1968), a student in your Ed.D. program.

Yours faithfully,
J. Louis

Crawford, Elyse G, Rowan University

Good morning,

Please accept this as a formal response to your March 18, 2022 OPRA request which sought the enrollment dates of Chari Chanley. Please accept this as Rowan's formal denial of your request. The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)(20 U.S.C. section 1232g) requires written consent for disclosure of non-directory personally identifiable student information. FERPA requires that educational institutions obtain the written consent of parents or older students prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. However, the educational institution may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless the students have advised the institution to the contrary by “opting-out” of disclosure. The status of Ms. Chanley’s “Directory Information” provides that she has opted out of disclosing same. Therefore, Rowan denies your request in full because the information Ms. Chanley has opted out of the directory information.

If you have any further questions and/or comments, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at any time.

Regards,
Elyse

Elyse G. Crawford, Esquire
Assistant General Counsel
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Office: (856)256-5113

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Monroe BOE Watchdog

Dear Crawford, Elyse G,
Dear OPRA officer:

I understand that my request for the enrollment dates of Chari R. Chanley have been denied under the Open Public Records Act. However, I would like to also request these records under the "Common Law Right of Access".

As per the attached contract, you can see that Ms. Chanley's doctoral studies are funded by the taxpayers of Monroe Township. As a taxpayer of Monroe Township who is subsidizing her tuition paid to Rowan University, I have a right to know all her enrollment dates. It's concerning to me that Monroe taxpayers have been paying for Ms. Chanley's tuition since 2008 especially since she publicly defamed Rowan University at a recent board meeting, accusing Rowan of "libel" and a "lack of ethics" after she was exposed for lying about a doctorate in several yearbooks. From 2013-2017, Ms. Chanley falsely described herself as "Dr. Chari R. Chanley" in the yearbook in spite of the fact she had no doctorate--she wasn't even enrolled at Rowan in 2014, 2016, and 2017. I have reason to believe Ms. Chanley re-enrolled at Rowan on March 16, 2022 after she was exposed for lying on March 15, 2022. I was shocked to see her listed on the May 2022 commencement program--she's been listed on the commencement programs for several prior years. In fact, per her attached resume, she enrolled in Jerry Falwell's Liberty University in 2018-2019 when she appears on Rowan's commencement programs that year. It appears that Rowan is content to allow this as long as they get to collect her tuition money paid for by Monroe taxpayers.

I am requesting all information about Chari Chanley's experience at Rowan University that I am legally entitled to have under the "Common Law Right of Access".

Yours sincerely,

Monroe BOE Watchdog

Crawford, Elyse G, Rowan University

Good afternoon,

Please be advised that I am in receipt of your request for information under the Common Law Right of Access submitted today, March 23, 2022. Please be advised that you are seeking personal information concerning a student of Rowan University that has opted out of the Directory. Therefore, Rowan must deny your request in full.

As an initial matter, the analysis of whether or not the documentation requested is a public record that must be disclosed does not include the review of any circumstantial history. Additionally, you have submitted an anonymous request for information, as is your right to do, and it would be impossible for me to verify if you were a taxpayer or not in any event. Nevertheless, your status as a taxpayer is not relevant to Rowan's determination to deny access to Ms. Chanley's personal student record information.

As previously advised, and as is relevant under the Common Law Right of Access, the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)(20 U.S.C. section 1232g) requires written consent for disclosure of non-directory personally identifiable student information. FERPA requires that educational institutions obtain the written consent of parents or older students prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from a student’s education records. However, the educational institution may disclose appropriately designated “directory information” without written consent, unless the students have advised the institution to the contrary by “opting-out” of disclosure. The status of Ms. Chanley’s “Directory Information” has changed. Therefore, Rowan must deny your request for Ms. Chanley's dates of enrollment because Ms. Chanley has opted out of the Directory, as is her right to do under FERPA. The requested documentation is therefore not a public record, and Rowan denies your Common Law request for information.

If you would like to discuss this further, I am happy to speak with you at any time. My information is below.

Regards,
Elyse

Elyse G. Crawford, Esquire
Assistant General Counsel
Rowan University
201 Mullica Hill Road
Glassboro, NJ 08028
Office: (856)256-5113

CONFIDENTIALITY NOTICE:  This e-mail communication and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information intended for the designated recipient(s) named above. If you are not the intended recipient, you are hereby notified that you have received this communication in error and that any review, disclosure, dissemination, distribution or copying of it or its contents is prohibited. If you have received this communication in error, please notify me immediately by replying to this message and deleting it from your computer. Thank you.

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