- Associated Press - Thursday, December 11, 2014

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Gov. Bill Haslam’s office has declined to release a resignation letter from a student trustee at the University of Tennessee.

The decision comes on the heels of the school also refusing to release the letter from R.J. Duncan of Nolensville, Tennessee, based on federal privacy laws.

Duncan quit less than six months into a two-year appointment by Gov. Bill Haslam. He left the university on Oct. 11.

The newspaper (https://bit.ly/1BgnFO5) reports Haslam’s deputy counsel, Ashleigh Harb Roberts, cited a state statute meant to protect student records “relating to academic performance, financial status of the student or the student’s parent or guardian, medical or psychological treatment or testing.”

Tennessee Coalition for Open Government Director Deborah Fisher says the letter isn’t academic, but a communication from a public board.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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