McGovern v. Rutgers

On August 24, 2011, the ACLU-NJ filed an amicus brief supporting an individual's claim under the Open Public Meetings Act that the Rutgers Board of Governors failed to provide adequate notice of its meeting agenda to the public. The Open Public Meetings Act was passed to ensure transparency in government activities. According to OPMA, a public body must provide notice to the public of the time, date, location and, to the extent possible, the agenda of any meeting. The brief argues that by failing to disclose the issues that the board knew would be discussed at its meeting on September 10, 2008, the Rutgers Board of Governors failed to provide notice of the agenda of the meeting and thus failed to comply with the Open Public Meetings Act. In July of 2012 the New Jersey Supreme Courtheld that Rutgers Board of Governors violated the Open Public Meetings Act (also known as the Sunshine Law) by failing to inform the public of issues it planned to discuss at a 2008 meeting and for improperly discussing public matters about the athletics program in a closed session.

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