Request #18-454

This request seek records relating to restrictions and settings concerning the official Facebook and Twitter accounts for the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and should be directed to the person responsible for operating those accounts.

We thank you for your dedication to freedom of speech, as reflected by your rating as a green light institution in our Spotlight database. This request is being sent to over 200 institutions as part of a broad survey concerning institutions of higher education.


I request the following records:

  1. A copy of the settings for the Facebook page maintained by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (available at This list is accessible by (A) logging into the Facebook page as an administrator, and then (B) clicking “Settings” at the top of the official page. The URL should look like:

  2. A copy of the list of people or pages banned from the Facebook page referenced above. This list is accessible by: (A) logging into the Facebook page as an administrator, (B) clicking “Settings” at the top of the official page, (C) clicking “People and Other Pages” in the left column, and (D) selecting "Banned People and Pages" from the drop-down menu. The final URL should look like:

  1. A list of the "blocked accounts" by the Twitter account maintained by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (available at This list is accessible by navigating to this URL while logged into the account:

Fee waiver request: This request concerns a matter of public interest. The social media restrictions imposed by public institutions and officials — including the president, governors, and public universities — have been challenged on First Amendment grounds. This survey seeks to explore the extent to which public colleges and universities have similar restrictions.

The public interest would be well-served by granting a fee waiver. The request is not being sought for a commercial purpose, but is instead sought by a nonprofit organization to provide the public with information concerning the conduct of government actors as that conduct pertains to civil liberties in higher education.

If a fee waiver is not granted, please apprise me if the estimated costs will exceed $10. Please also provide a W-9 form.

Request for expedited processing: Completion of this survey depends on the institution with the slowest response time. We request that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill produce responsive records on an expedited basis.

Appeal information: If you deny any portion, or all, of this request, please provide me with a written explanation of the reason(s) for your denial, including a citation to each specific statutory exemption you believe justifies the refusal to release the information and notify me of the appeal procedures available to me under the law. If you conclude that portions of the records that I request are exempt from disclosure, please release the remainder of such records for inspection and copying, redacting only the portion or portions that you claim are exempt.

Request for Privilege Log: If any otherwise responsive documents are withheld on the basis that they are privileged or fall within a statutory exemption, please provide a privilege log setting forth (1) the subject matter of the document; (2) the person(s) who sent and received the document; (3) the date the document was created or sent; and (4) the basis on which the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill contends it is entitled to withhold the document from production.

Finally, as you may be aware, the Public Records Law mandates an award of attorneys fees to requesters who prevail in a civil suit, unless the agency was following a judgment or order of a court, a published appellate opinion, or a written opinion from the Attorney General. (G.S. § 132-9(c)).

We’re hopeful that the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill will provide a timely response. If any part of this request is vague or ambiguous, or if we could otherwise be of assistance in interpreting or narrowing this request, please do not hesitate to contact me by phone or email.



October 14, 2018 via web


None Assigned


Adam Steinbaugh





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The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

November 7, 2018, 4:32pm
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2018.10.14 _ Steinbaugh _ Response 11.07.2018.pdf
November 7, 2018, 4:31pm
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October 15, 2018, 10:27am
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October 14, 2018, 10:31pm