Chancellor Wise Forced To Release Emails From Personal Account

The Chicago Tribune reports today that UIUC was forced to release 1100 pages of emails from Chancellor Wise, many of them from her personal email account, many of them related to the Steven Salaita case. According to a statement from UIUC:

A desire to maintain confidentiality on certain sensitive University-related topics was one reason personal email accounts were used to communicate about these topics. Some emails suggested that individuals were encouraged to use personal email accounts for communicating on such topics.

The statement may be referring to this email from Wise, on September 18, 2014.

Wise Email #1

Equally interesting is this one from July 24, 2014. Note that statement by Wise re “after the decision to hire him and after his acceptance of our offer.”

Wise Email #2You can read the emails related to the Salaita case here.


  1. Magid Shihade August 7, 2015 at 9:37 pm | #

    The communications over the phone are next?

  2. xenon2 August 7, 2015 at 9:52 pm | #

    #nohillary excuse.It would just be so much trouble to use 2 accounts.

  3. Peter Hovde August 7, 2015 at 10:27 pm | #

    The magic words every law student learns in Contracts: “Offer” and “Acceptance.”

  4. J August 8, 2015 at 7:26 pm | #

    I know nothing about computers, but… How could these people possibly believe that their emails are launched into oblivion by clicking “delete”?

    A forensic team worked through emails the Zuck sent ~7 years prior from his Harvard email account in response to a 2010 lawsuit.

  5. Chris Lowe August 8, 2015 at 8:32 pm | #

    Is the principle involved any different from legal discovery in the purely paper age? Could Wise have been forced to release “personal” correspondence relevant to her official actions if not written at her office or on official letterhead before email?

  6. BO August 9, 2015 at 4:48 am | #

    “…deleting after sending”

    Crossposted to The Smoking Gun? Or ‘Puters for Idiots?

  7. gstally August 10, 2015 at 11:24 am | #

    “Twitters” and capitalized too — this Phyllis character clearly has a firm grasp of the social media platform she fired someone over.

  8. ed finnerty August 13, 2015 at 10:48 am | #

    This is a great example of the techno-idiocy of so-called smart people

    ” I am deleting after sending..” as if it only exists on the sending computer (probably in the cloud anyway) rather than every where else.

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