William Paterson University of New Jersey
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Type: Public Higher Education
Is the lab subject to the open records law in its state? Yes
Is the lab subject to federal FOIA? No
Name: New Jersey Anti-Cruelty Laws
Citation: NJSA 4:22-10 to 4:22-60,NJSA 2C:33-31 - 32
Post-Research Adoption Law
Name: New Jersey Homes for Animal Heroes Act
Citation: N.J.S.A. 18A:3B-85
Open Records Law
Name: New Jersey Open Public Records Act
Citation: N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et seq.
Anyone can file a request. Initial response time is seven business days. There are no appeals. Nonbinding mediation is available from the New Jersey Government Records Council. The only fee is for duplication, and this cannot include labor charges. New Jersey has a “lab gag” law, which means that all records about research at higher-educational institutions can be withheld. We typically don’t want to discourage anyone from filing records requests, but in the case of New Jersey, it really is hopeless. In some states, such as Texas and Nebraska, the deck is heavily stacked against you, but in New Jersey the deck is locked away in a vault and you’ll never see a single card.