Ruling from AG denies access to results of Jergins investigation
By Bethany Kyle—
After a nearly three month wait since the initial requests with Tarleton and the Texas A&M University System, Texan News has received a definitive response to its request for the results of the investigation on former Vice President of Student Life Rusty Jergins.
According to the ruling for the Attorney General’s office “the system must withhold the submitted information.”
On Nov. 7 2014, two TNS staff members filed for the results of the investigation and on Feb. 2, 2015 received the ruling.
The ruling came from a section of the Texas Government Code in conjunction with a section of the Education Code.
The Government Code section referenced in the ruling states that “excepts from disclosure ‘information considered to be confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision.’”
The Education Code comes into play because the information was collected through a compliance program from TAMUS. According to the statute, the information may be withheld if it was collected by “a systemwide compliance office for the purpose of reviewing compliance processes at a component institution of higher education of a university system.”
These investigations of compliance programs may include matters “ethics and standards of conduct,” “financial reporting,” internal accounting controls,” or “auditing.”
The investigation by the TAMUS began early on in the fall 2014 semester and ended with the release of Jergins on Nov. 7. No information has been released by Tarleton or Texas A&M concerning the investigation or the ruling throughout the process or since its close other than the statement regarding his release.