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RESOLUTION ON OPEN RECORDS

Approved by the Mānoa Faculty Senate on September 19, 2007
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RESOLUTION ON OPEN RECORDS

Whereas the Board of Regents is subject to the State of Hawaii's laws governing public agency meetings and public agency records,

Whereas both of these laws rest on a presumption of openness as a way to protect the people's right to know and as a way for government agencies to aid the people in the formation and conduct of public policy,

Whereas the Sunshine Law declares that the policy of this State is "that the formation and conduct of public policy – the discussions, deliberations, decisions, and action of government agencies – shall be construed as openly as possible,"

Therefore the faculty of the University of Hawaii at Mānoa requests that the Regents respect and adhere to the spirit and letter of both the Sunshine Law and the public-records law by making available documents necessary to be able to understand and offer comments on items to be discussed in their public meetings.