Text of May 2, 2005 letter to Senate from President McCormick acknowledging
Report on E-mail Privacy:
I am writing in response to the University Senate’s Report on E-mail Privacy,
which was approved at its November 19, 2004 meeting. My thanks to the
members of the Senate’s Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee for their
The administration supports the goals expressed in the Senate’s recommendations,
ensuring that Rutgers provides an environment that promotes “the free and
open communication and inquiry that are essential to a university.”
Community concerns about breaches of privacy – or the potential for such
breaches – warrant our efforts to strengthen and clarify university policy
in this regard. There are, however, serious legal concerns about the
effects of the proposed changes as they are worded in the resolution.
that might preclude the university from carrying out necessary investigations
and other responsibilities.
I have asked General Counsel Jonathan Alger to appoint a member of his legal
staff to work with my office and the Faculty Affairs and Personnel Committee
to address the administration’s concerns and to work toward a policy that
is acceptable to both the Senate and the administration.
Richard L. McCormick
c: Philip Furmanski, Executive Vice President for Academic Affairs
Jonathan Algar, Vice President and General Counsel