University of Oregon officials urgently try to recover records

January 23, 2015 / Phil Lesch

January 23rd, 2015

University of Oregon officials say they are "in communication" with whoever is harboring 22,000 pages of records that UO leaders contend were released unlawfully because they contain confidential information.

As university officials urgently seek return of the documents, they are warning employees not to talk with reporters. Adriene Lim, dean of UO libraries, wrote an internal memo instructing library faculty, managers and staff members to keep a lid on information.

But Lim's memo was leaked to Bill Harbaugh, a UO economics professor who posted it Thursday on his blog, UOMatters.com. Harbaugh has repeatedly declined to comment on matters including whether he's the person who has the records. He says his attorney has advised him not to talk yet.

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