Dear Rutgers 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:
I would like to request the records for how much energy is being used per building, how much energy is being generated by the solar panels and where the energy is going towards for the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, and any records regarding carbon emissions at the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses.
I would also like to request the records of how much it costs per year to keep the buildings running as well, if these are available.

Thank you.
Yours faithfully,

Emily Liu

Rutgers Open Public Records Center,

   
 
 
Dear Emily Liu,

Thank you for registering with Rutgers, The State University of New
Jersey Open Public Records Center, an online, public portal. Below you
will find your portal login and password information .

Login:  [OPRA #10389 email]
 
If you have never used this system or cannot remember your password, you
may request a [1]Temporary Password
 

If you are a first time user and did not submit your request through the
public portal but are receiving this e-mail, an account has been created
for you with the login and password listed above. At this account you can
access, track and receive any documents in response to your request.

Please log in to the [2]Rutgers University Open Public Records Center and
then "My Request Center" to update any contact or password information on
your account and to view your request.

The University Custodian of Records will contact you if there are
questions regarding your request or provide you a response. If you have
questions, you may contact the OPRA Administrator at 973.972.1887.
Thank you again for registering with the Rutgers University Open Public
Records Center.
 
 
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Rutgers Open Public Records Center,

Dear Liu:

Thank you for submitting your request for government records of Rutgers,
The State University of New Jersey. Your request has been received and is
being processed in accordance with the New Jersey Open Public Records Act
(OPRA), NJSA 47:1 et seq. Your request was received through the online,
public portal [1]Rutgers University Open Public Records Center of this
office on 3/17/2020 and given the reference number R005844-031720.  

Your request will be forwarded to the Office of the Custodian of
Records for review and processing, including determining the volume of
responsive documents and any potential costs associated with satisfying
your request. Please note, the N.J. Open Public Records Act does not
require the University to create new documents, to conduct research, or to
answer questions for information.

Records Requested: Dear Rutgers 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: I would like to request the records for how
much energy is being used per building, how much energy is being generated
by the solar panels and where the energy is going towards for the Rutgers
New Brunswick campus, and any records regarding carbon emissions at the
New Brunswick, Newark and Camden campuses. I would also like to request
the records of how much it costs per year to keep the buildings running as
well, if these are available. Thank you. Yours faithfully, Emily Liu

The Office of the Custodian of Records uses the [2]Rutgers University Open
Public Records Center to communicate with you, respond to and track all
open public records requests.  If you have submitted your request
electronically through Rutgers Open Public Records Center portal, you have
already been required to create an account.

Notice to First Time Portal Users:

If you are a first time user and did not submit your request through the
public portal, you are receiving this request because the Rutgers Office
of the Custodian has created an account for you at the [3]Rutgers
University Open Public Records Center . 

To access your account and view your request:

1.Go to: [4]Rutgers University Open Public Records Center.

2. Select/open  "My Records Center"
3. Enter your email and password as provided in your previously received
Welcome Letter.

You can monitor your request through the [5]Rutgers University Open Public
Records Center at "My Request Center."

Thank you and if you have questions, you  may contact the OPRA
Administrator at (973) 972-1981.

 

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

University Custodian of Records

Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance

65 Bergen Street, Ste. 1346 

Newark, New Jersey 07101-1709

Phone: (973) 972-1981

Fax: (973) 972-2396

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Rutgers Open Public Records Center,

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Reference: Rutgers Open Public Records Request,  # R005844-031720

Dear Liu,

Please accept this letter as the University Custodian of Records response
to your request for records pursuant to the Open Public Records Act
(“OPRA”). On March 17, 2020, this office received your request for the
following:

“Dear Rutgers 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:
I would like to request the records for how much energy is being used per
building, how much energy is being generated by the solar panels and where
the energy is going towards for the Rutgers New Brunswick campus, and any
records regarding carbon emissions at the New Brunswick, Newark and Camden
campuses.
I would also like to request the records of how much it costs per year to
keep the buildings running as well, if these are available.

Thank you.
Yours faithfully,

Emily Liu”

The University has reviewed your request and are denying same as improper
and overly broad. OPRA provides access to “identifiable” government
records that are not otherwise exempt. New Jersey courts have held that a
request under OPRA must specifically describe the document sought. “A
proper request for access to government records must identify with
reasonable clarity those documents that are desired, and a party cannot
satisfy this requirement by simply requesting all of an agency’s
documents.” Bent v. Stafford Police Department, 381 N.J. Super. 30, 38
(App. Div. 2005). A blanket request for a class of various documents is
not a request for specific identifiable documents, and a custodian is not
required to conduct research to locate records potentially responsive to a
request. See Elcavage v. West Milford Twp., GRC Complaint No. 2006-64 (May
28, 2008). Moreover, OPRA does not require a custodian to conduct research
or an agency to expend “indisputably limited agency resources to sift
through the [agency's] vast files and identify, analyze and select
potentially relevant and responsive public records.” Spectraserv v.
Middlesex County Utilities Authority, 416 N.J. Super. 565, 578 (App. Div.
2010), Burnett v. Gloucester County, 415 N.J. Super. 506, 515 (App. Div.
2010). Nor does OPRA require an agency to analyze, collate and compile
records in order to respond to a request. MAG Entertainment v. Division of
Alcoholic Beverage Control, 375 N.J. Super. 534, 549 (App. Div. 2005). “In
short, OPRA does not countenance open-ended searches of an agency’s
files.” Id. at 549.

Please note that you may clarify your request or submit narrower search
terms by including a time frame, or specifying precisely what records you
are seeking. 

If your request has been denied, you may take your appeal to the New
Jersey Government Records Council (NJGRC), which has mediation and dispute
resolution procedures, or you may file a lawsuit with the New Jersey
Superior Court, as provided by N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1, et seq. Your rights of
appeal is provided with this letter at [1]Public Facing Pages of the
Rutgers University Open Public Records Request Center. You may also review
the brochure at the [2]Rutgers Custodian of Records page or visit the
[3]NJGRC page.

If you have any questions, please contact my office at 973.972.1981.

Sincerely,

 

 

Jewell Battle

University Custodian of Records

Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey

 

 

973.972.1981

 

To monitor the progress or update this request please log into the [4]Open
Public Records Center.

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