The professors' requests
Dallas Brozik, who has worked in the College of Business for more than two decades, made the following Freedom of Information Act requests (according to a lawsuit filed June 7, in Cabell Circuit Court):
- On or about April 19, Brozik orally made a FOIA request seeking detailed budget information, including line item information for various units of the university.
- On May 3, Brozik put the request in writing, asking for four years worth of data. On May 10, Marshall's legal counsel responded by sending copies of the summary of adopted budgets for fiscal years 2009 through 2013.
- On May 10, Brozik submitted an additional FOIA requesting "ALL of the budget information for ALL of the University and ALL of the Athletic Programs for the past five years." On May 17, legal counsel responded by saying the request was not made with reasonable specificity, while adding that it would cost more than $54,000 to produce the documents requested.
- On May 21, Brozik revised his FOIA request to include "any and all Marshall University budget information, including the athletic program for the last three fiscal years. He also asked for it in electronic form or to be provided with the ability to inspect and copy documents. On May 29, legal counsel again stated the request was not made with reasonable specificity and provides a cost estimate of more than $32,000.
- On May 21, Brozik filed an additional FOIA request seeking base discretionary operation allocations and budget details for 12 administrative departments if more than $100,000. On May 29, base discretionary operating allocations for fiscal years 2013 and 2014 were provided.
James Sottile, a professor in the College of Education, made the following Freedom of Information Act requests (according to a lawsuit filed June 7, in Cabell Circuit Court):
- On May 8, Sottile filed a written FOIA request to President Stephen Kopp for "information for expenditures by the department/division level for all the colleges, the administration and the athletic department for the last five years." On May 17, legal counsel responded that the request was not made with reasonable specificity and provides a cost estimate of more than $54,000.
- On May 21, Sottile filed a written FOIA request to Kopp seeking the "sum of all expenditures for each of the last five fiscal years" and "expenditure by vendor for any and all expenditures of $10,000 or more per vendor" for each college department/division, administration and athletic department. He also stated it would be satisfactory to inspect and make copies on his own if electronic documents were not readily available.
- On May 29, legal counsel stated the university did not possess the documents requested.