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FORMER USU EMPLOYEE MAY WIN ACCESS TO FILE

A former employee at Utah State University is one step closer to obtaining her personnel records after the State Records Committee ruled in her favor.

Abigail Delfausse, an associate librarian for the Quinney Natural Resources Research Library, asked to see her personnel records after she learned her contract would be terminated.In a Tuesday hearing, the committee voted 5-2 that although the records were properly classified as protected, Delfausse's interests outweigh the university's interest in protecting them.

Under Utah's Government Records Access and Management Act, the public is barred from examining records compiled by a university concerning faculty, staff and students.

But the committee may determine there are exceptions to the rule.

Utah State University has 30 days to appeal the committee's decision.