Exemption Policy

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000, there are two categories of exempt information.

  • Absolute Exemptions – do not require the University to consider disclosure in the public interest, nor is it required to state whether or not the information in question is held.
  • Non-absolute Exemptions – do require the University to consider the public interest in confirming or denying that the information exists and in disclosing information.

Where the University is claiming an exemption under the Act, it will inform you of the specific exemption which is being claimed and why it applies, and will aim to do so within 20 working days of the request being received.
Edge Hill University will not publish the following information unless there is a legal obligation to do so:

  • Any information on individual students, without their permission
  • Any information on staff without their permission, other than that set down in our Publication Scheme
  • Information that might threaten the health or safety of staff, students or the public
  • Information that may threaten the commercial interests of the University
  • Information that is intended for eventual publication
  • Information on current legal proceedings
  • Information whose publication is forbidden by law or by a court order
  • Information of a genuinely confidential nature or covered by a claim of professional legal privilege
  • Information that would prejudice the prevention or detection of crime or the prosecution of offenders
  • Information relating to investigations being carried out by the University that may lead to criminal or civil proceedings

Right of access to personal information under the Data Protection Act 1998 will continue to be dealt with under the Data Protection Act.

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