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PR 17-32 Crenshaw v. Community College of Rhode Island No Violation

Complainant alleged that the CCRI violated the APRA when it failed to produce documents responsive to his request. We have previously stated that the APRA governs the public's right to access public documents, but does not mandate or require that public bodies answer questions. See Gagnon v. City of East Providence, PR 12-23; see also Setera v. City of Providence, PR 95-20. The instant request asked an interrogatory that sought to elicit a narrative answer. Also, the request was not made pursuant to the CCRI's APRA policy and procedures. For these reasons, we found that the request was not a cognizable request under the APRA and, accordingly, found no violation.

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