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University denies NDSP records requests

first_imgNotre Dame Security Police (NDSP) has the same powers that a public police force does. Within its jurisdiction, NDSP officers can carry weapons, investigate crimes and make arrests that can lead to criminal charges.But when somebody gets arrested by the South Bend Police Department (SBPD), files a complaint with the agency or is the victim of a crime to which it responds, that information becomes a public record under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA).For NDSP, it’s a little more complicated.The distinction between a police force like SBPD and one like NDSP hinges on the legal distinction between private and public agencies.Under APRA, “public agencies” — like local police departments — are required to release certain records by law. However, private university police departments like NDSP have long been considered private agencies under state law, and therefore not subject to APRA.The legal status of NDSP has been the subject of intense legal scrutiny in the past two years.Lindsey Meyers ESPN filed a lawsuit against the University in January 2015, after Notre Dame refused to release incident reports related to student athletes on two separate occasions. Last month, the Indiana Supreme Court overturned a lower court decision, ruling in favor of Notre Dame that NDSP is not a public agency under the law.While the ESPN case made its way through the legal system last year, the Indiana State Legislature passed HB 1022, which would have required private university police departments to disclose records only in situations where someone was arrested or incarcerated, shielding them specifically from the rest of APRA. It was vetoed by then-Governor Mike Pence in March. The state legislature, which passed HB 1022 with overwhelming support, will have the opportunity to override the veto when the new legislative session begins in January.But, just one day after the final ruling in the ESPN lawsuit, the South Bend Tribune reported another law — HB 1019 — was passed last year that contained language such that it inadvertently changed the state’s definition of a “public agency” to specifically include university police departments.Effective July 1 of this year, the law changed the term’s definition, which now reads in the Indiana State Code as the following:“Public agency”, except as provided in section 2.1 of this chapter, means the following: … (11) A private university police department. The term does not include the governing board of a private university or any other department, division, board, entity, or office of a private university.”On Nov. 18, The Observer submitted records requests for three case files to NDSP. Capt. Rick Miller said NDSP could not fulfill the request and recommended the requests be directed to the University’s Office of General Counsel.The Observer submitted the records requests to General Counsel, and agreed to a meeting to discuss the matter with Brian Guarraci, assistant general counsel, whose primary areas of practice include “litigation and risk management, student affairs, campus safety and security, the Clery Act and advising University departments on statutory, regulatory and policy matters,” according to the Office of General Counsel’s website.Within the 24 hours required for a response under state law, University spokesperson Dennis Brown denied all three records requests.“The University of Notre Dame, including its Notre Dame Security Police Department, is not a public agency of the government and thus is not subject to requests for public records under Indiana’s Access to Public Records Act (APRA),” Brown said in an email.Two days later, Brown informed The Observer in an email that its meeting with the Office of General Counsel had been cancelled: “because we have nothing to add beyond the response I sent to you on Saturday, there is no need for a meeting.”When asked why the University considers NDSP not a public agency given the definition of public agency in the 2016 version of the Indiana Code, Brown said the change was erroneous and that a correction to the law had already been drafted.“ … Regarding the technical printing error in the last legislative session, language from HB 1022 regarding private universities was erroneously included in a conference committee report for HB 1019 (concerning public access to police recordings), and in contravention of the legislative drafting rules for the Indiana General Assembly,” Brown said.“This resulted in two conflicting versions of Ind. Code 5-14-3-2. As is common after legislative sessions when technical corrections are identified by Indiana’s Legislative Services Agency (“LSA”), this technical error has been identified by LSA as one of several technical errors requiring correction through a Technical Corrections Bill. In September 2016, the Technical Corrections Bill prepared by LSA specifically correcting this erroneous inclusion was approved for forwarding to the Legislature by a 12-0 vote of the Indiana Code Revision Commission …“ … The Technical Corrections Bill will proceed to the General Assembly after it reconvenes in January 2017. Once enacted, the corrections will be retroactive as of July 1, 2016.”Until the corrections bill passes, however, it seems that NDSP is subject to APRA as a public agency under state law.Because the University has chosen to deny records requests, organizations and individuals seeking records would have few options for recourse except to sue for access before the state legislature passes the corrections bill.The Observer has no plans to sue for access.News Editor Katie Galioto contributed to this report. Tags: APRA, ESPN, ESPN lawsuit, HB 1019, HB 1022, NDSP, recordslast_img read more

Update on the latest in sports:

first_imgA-Rod interested in buying MetsNEW YORK (AP) — The New York Mets were very interested in acquiring Alex Rodriguez through free agency almost 20 years. The situation is now reversed.A-Rod and fiancee Jennifer Lopez have retained J.P. Morgan to represent them in raising capital for a possible bid for the Mets. The move was first reported by Variety and confirmed to The Associated Press by a person familiar with the decision.The three-time AL MVP retired in August 2016 with 698 home runs, a .295 average and 2,086 RBIs in 22 years. He was suspended for the 2014 season for violations of Major League Baseball’s drug agreement and labor contract.BASEBALL-MINOR LEAGUE CONTRACTION April 21, 2020 Gronkowski’s agent says the tight end is about to come out of retirement and has accepted a trade to the Buccaneers. The Patriots also would send a seventh-round pick to the Bucs for a fourth-rounder.The deal is pending a physical and would give Brady one of his most dependable pass-catchers. Brady signed a two-year, $50 million contract with the Bucs last month.Gronkowski has caught 521 passes for 7,861 yards and 79 touchdowns in 115 regular-season games. The five-time Pro Bowl selection has another 81 catches for 1,163 yards and 12 TDs in 16 playoff games.The tight end position already was considered one of Tampa Bay’s biggest strengths, with O.J. Howard and Cameron Brate teaming with Pro Bowl receivers Mike Evans and Chris Godwin. They form the best collection of targets Brady has had to work with in more than a decade.MLB-A-ROD-METS The Playing Rules Oversight Panel also approved the rules change no longer requiring players to head to the locker room after being penalized for targeting. All other aspects of the rule discouraging above-the-shoulders contact remain the same.SOUTH KOREA-BASEBALLSouth Korean season to begin in May without fansSEOUL, South Korea (AP) — South Korea’s professional baseball league has decided to begin its season on May 5.The games will be played without fans until the risk of infection from the coronavirus is gone. Update on the latest in sports: Curtis helped the Colts win a Super Bowl during a 14-year career spent predominantly in Baltimore. He earned the nickname “Mad Dog” because of his fierce play in the middle of a strong Baltimore defense. His interception in the waning minutes of the 1970 Super Bowl set up the winning field goal in the Colts’ win over Dallas.Mike Curtis was 77 years old.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6 In other college basketball news:— Ball State guard K.J. Walton will return for his sixth college season after receiving a waiver from the NCAA and the approval of the Mid-American Conference. The former Missouri player sat out the 2017-18 because of college basketball’s transfer rule and played just 10 games last season because of an ankle injury that required surgery. He has started 35 games of the 42 he’s appeared in with the Cardinals and averages 11.7 points and 4.5 rebounds.COLLEGE FOOTBALL-NCAA RULESNCAA alters video reviews, targeting rulesINDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The NCAA has announced a pace-of-play guideline for instant replay officials to complete video reviews in less than two minutes of a college football game. The Spanish club’s executive board says it will donate the entire fee raised by selling the title rights to the Camp Nou to fighting the global pandemic. The Camp Nou has never had a sponsor since it opened in 1957.In other virus-related developments:— Reigning NFL MVP Lamar Jackson admits it was “bad timing.” The Baltimore Ravens quarterback threw footballs to teammate Marquise Brown and former NFL star Antonio Brown during an informal workout in Florida on April 1, without regard to social distancing. Jackson told reporters today that he’s now working out alone.— The deputy head of Germany’s national disease control center has cautioned against coronavirus testing for soccer players in order to restart the league. Regular testing of players and team staff is a key element of a plan to resume German soccer in empty stadiums next month. Robert Koch Institute vice president Lars Schaade says he doesn’t “see why certain sections of the population … should be routinely screened.” Schaade says he would prefer testing to be focused on people who show symptoms or who are linked to an outbreak of the virus.— The men’s and women’s professional tennis tours plan to create a player relief fund to help those in the sport dealing with the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic. The ATP and WTA say they are in discussions with the International Tennis Federation and the four Grand Slam tournaments. Neither tour provided any specifics about how much money they are pooling or how it will be distributed. No tournaments will be played before mid-July at the earliest. Associated Press center_img Conflict over who will pay for the Olympic delayTOKYO (AP) — An open conflict has broken out between Tokyo Olympic organizers and the IOC over who will be paying for the unprecedented year-long postponement.Tokyo spokesman Masa Takaya says the organizing committee asked the Switzerland-based IOC to remove a comment from its website suggesting that Prime Minister Shinzo Abe agreed that Japan would pay most of the postponement costs.Media reports in Japan estimate the year-long delay caused by the coronavirus pandemic will cost $2 billion to $6 billion.Takaya says it was not appropriate for Abe’s name to be linked. The IOC removed the reference. Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-BUCCANEERS-GRONKOWSKIBucs acquiring GronkTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Rob Gronkowski spent nine seasons catching passes from Tom Brady in New England. The two are about to reunite in Tampa Bay. The league plans to maintain a 144-game regular-season schedule but has decided scrap its all-star game and shorten the first round of the playoffs from a best-of-five to best-of-three series.The KBO says it could shorten the regular season if infections erupt. The league will advise players to wear face masks in locker rooms and require them to download smartphone apps to report their daily health status to league officials.SOCCER-BARCELONA STADIUMNaming rights to be sold to iconic Barcelona stadium to benefit virus fightBARCELONA (AP) — Barcelona’s soccer team will sell the title rights to its famed stadium for one year in an effort to raise money for the fight against the coronavirus. COLLEGE BASKETBALL-NEWSBulls punished for recruiting issuesUNDATED (AP) — The University at Buffalo men’s basketball team has been placed on one-year probation after a former assistant coach was found to have forged recruiting documents.Buffalo also was fined $5,000, agreed to a two-week ban on communicating with potential recruits and reduced its recruiting days by five for the 2020-21 season.The decision was announced by the NCAA and the Mid-American Conference school as part of a negotiated resolution reached today. The school said it self-reported the infractions in October and cooperated with the NCAA investigation. — The Associated Press has learned the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee is bracing for cuts of 10% to 20% because of the coronavirus pandemic that has pushed the Olympics back one year and triggered losses across the nation’s sports organizations. The AP received a copy of a letter CEO Sarah Hirshland sent to leaders across the U.S. Olympic world in which she said the exact nature of the cuts would be determined by the end of May.NFL-OBIT-CURTISFormer Colts linebacker Mike Curtis dead at 77ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. (AP) — The hard-hitting, no-nonsense linebacker Mike Curtis has died. He died Monday in St. Petersburg, Florida.Son Clay says on Twitter his father died of “complications from CTE,” a degenerative brain disease. Djokovic says he may reconsider stance on vaccinationBELGRADE, Serbia (AP) — Novak Djokovic has reiterated he is against taking an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes mandatory to travel, but says he’s open to changing his mind.The top-ranked Djokovic caused a stir when he suggested in a live Facebook chat over the weekend that if a vaccination becomes compulsory on the world tennis tour then he “wouldn’t want to be forced by someone” to take it.Djokovic says in a statement emailed to the AP that despite his personal objection to a vaccine, “if it becomes compulsory, I will have to make a decision whether to do it or not.”OLYMPICS-POSTPONEMENT COSTS Minor leagues prepared to accept contraction planNEW YORK (AP) — A person familiar with the negotiations tells The Associated Press that the minor leagues are prepared to agree to Major League Baseball’s proposal to cut guaranteed affiliations from 160 to 120 next year.The plan would impact hundreds of prospects and cut player development expenses. An electronic negotiating session is scheduled for Wednesday.MLB last year proposed cutting 42 affiliates. The minors have fought the plan, but the new coronavirus pandemic has changed the dynamic and sapped minor league teams of revenue and willingness to fight.VIRUS OUTBREAK-DJOKOVIClast_img read more

Matt Nandin walks away from baseball career, settles into role as Syracuse assistant softball coach

first_img Published on March 31, 2015 at 11:42 pm Contact Phil: pmdabbra@syr.edu | @PhilDAbb Facebook Twitter Google+ Red batting gloves, a black Louisville slugger bat and a bucket of about 50 baseballs sit in a corner of Matt Nandin’s office. If it were a year ago, he’d be seizing any 20-minute opening he’d have to use them.But this spring, when the former baseball player occasionally finds downtime before Syracuse softball’s practices, there’s no vigorous push to keep his form intact as a taxing baseball season awaits.Now, when he has a baseball bat and a spare second, he just swings.“It’s more therapeutic than anything,” Nandin said. “Just to make sure I think I still know what I’m talking about.”After a six-year career playing independent league baseball that followed his four seasons suiting up for Le Moyne, Nandin has retired. The 27-year-old is ready to turn to a new chapter in his life, focusing solely on his duties as a second-year assistant softball coach with the Orange and his upcoming responsibility as a father.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textNandin and those close to him still look at his decision through a positive lens, even though he never regained the opportunity he lost to latch on with an MLB team’s organization.“I’m always going to miss it. He’s going to miss it,” said Lindsay Nandin, his wife and the SU softball program’s director of operations, about his playing career. “But he knows that in order to move forward in his career, he’d have to give up baseball.”Nandin, a former Le Moyne bat boy when his father coached there, ranked in the program’s Top 10 all time in hits when he graduated in 2009.He embraced his role as the No. 2 hitter in the order and was confident he’d done enough to follow in the footsteps of his two predecessors at shortstop — MLB draftees Andy Parrino and Michael Affronti. Nandin had worked out with the Minnesota Twins and Washington Nationals and had been in contact with his beloved New York Yankees, among others.But, 1,521 other players were taken in the 2009 MLB Draft and the 5-foot-9 Nandin was on his own to further his career.“He was probably one of the top two shortstops to ever come through here,” Le Moyne head coach Scott Cassidy said. “He just didn’t have that projectable height that a lot of the pro scouts would look at, and a lot of scouts in the Northeast don’t want to take a chance on something like that.”Nandin signed with a team in the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball — a league that typically stretches from mid-May to September — and stuck with it. Playing for four different teams in six years in the Northeast U.S., he rose to the Top 10 of the Can-Am’s all-time doubles, runs and hits categories, according to Cuse.com, but he missed out on the closest chance he ever had to making it out.A good start to the 2011 season had attracted the interest of the Nationals again and he was close to signing with them, Nandin said.But one game, a strange feeling as he rounded third base turned out to be a pulled right hamstring, the first time he’d ever suffered one. It cost him almost two months of playing time — and the Nationals needed a player that moment.“Now I have that cliché story that when I tell kids, they’re going to say, ‘Oh, yeah, sure. You got hurt,’” Nandin said. “I was hoping I’d get another opportunity but every day I got older, the window got a little smaller.”Fortunately for Nandin, he was already a season into his backup plan — coaching. Cassidy brought him into the Le Moyne staff in the fall of 2010, and so began Nandin’s balancing act between the two jobs.He connected with the players well, Cassidy said, by not only by being close to their age but by running in the gym with a parachute to improve his sprinting time and jumping in the batting cage himself — simultaneously preparing himself for his upcoming season while showing the players what he was teaching them.All along, he turned down the thought of ever coaching softball at SU, a program that includes his sister Morgan in addition to his wife. But in September 2013, Nandin had a change of heart, asked “Why not?” and made the move, shocking everyone in the process by changing sports.And in his first full season at Syracuse, Nandin did whatever he could to train for his baseball season, starting with an early-morning lift and finding 15- to 20-minute openings later in the day to long toss with Morgan, hit off the tee and take live batting practice from her or their father.Nandin’s office work was done in workout clothes and turf shoes, just so he was ready as soon as he finished being a softball coach.“I always had to be on-call with myself,” he said.Not only did he help improve the Orange’s offense as its hitting coach last year — evidenced by team program records in batting average, on-base percentage and slugging percentage — but he’s infused pieces of baseball to the culture of the program.Syracuse is now one of the rare college softball teams that shift defenders around the diamond like a baseball team does, he said. Nandin encouraged the corner infielders to play farther back. He’s implemented drills, baseball lingo and the Orange’s tracking of quality at-bats, which he picked up from playing baseball.And now that he’s done playing, Nandin can dig in as a recruiter that can pitch his pro baseball career to prospects and as a coach with a developing ability to pitch underhanded.He’s going out on what he called a “pretty good” year in the Can-Am — staying healthy enough to play in every inning and hitting a walk-off single to spark a four-game winning streak in a seven-game championship series.“I think the time’s right,” Nandin said. “I could still play, my body I feel could hold up and keep going, but there comes a point where you’ve got to put life in perspective. And putting coaching first is what I need to do.”Until June, that is — when Lindsay Nandin is due to give birth to twin girls.It appears his bat, batting gloves and bucket of baseballs may remain in that corner of his office. 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