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Investigative Report Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations

Investigative Report Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations

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Report to the Texas House committee on transparency in state agency operations on the actions of UT Regent Wallace Hall.
Report to the Texas House committee on transparency in state agency operations on the actions of UT Regent Wallace Hall.

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Investigative Report to the House Select Committee on Transparency in State Agency Operations regarding Conduct by University of Texas Regent Wallace Hall and Impeachment Under the June 25, 2013 Proclamation
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March 2014 Rusty Hardin & Associates, LLP
5 Houston Center 1401 McKinney, Suite 2250 Houston, Texas 77010 Telephone: 713-652-9000 Facsimile: 713-652-9800
 
 
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I. INTRODUCTION AND EXECUTIVE SUMMARY .........................................................1 II. BACKGROUND AND HISTORY OF INVESTIGATION .............................................21 A. The University of Texas System, Board of Regents, and The University of Texas at Austin ......................................................................................................21 B. Wallace L. Hall, Jr. ................................................................................................23 C. Initial Public and Legislative Attention on Regent Hall ........................................24 D. Select Committee on Transparency and State Agency Operations .......................26 E. Special Counsel to the Select Committee ..............................................................28 F. Request and Review of Documents .......................................................................29 G. Hearings .................................................................................................................32 H. Hall’s Role in Committee Proceedings ..................................................................34 III. FRAMEWORK FOR THE INVESTIGATION ................................................................35 A. June 25, 2013 Proclamation by Speaker of the House Joe Straus .........................35 B. Basis and Procedure for Impeachment ..................................................................37 1. Constitution ................................................................................................39 2. Government Code Chapter 665 .................................................................41 3. Previous Impeachment Cases ....................................................................42 IV. INVESTIGATIVE FINDINGS .........................................................................................42 A. Requests for Records and Information from UT Austin ........................................44 1. Hall Asked UT Austin to Produce Over Twenty Months’ Worth of Open Record Request Files in an Unreasonable Amount of Time. ...........46 2. UT Austin Personnel Expressed Concerns with Hall’s Requests, Authority, and Production Deadlines. ........................................................49
 
 
ii3. The Relationship Between UT Austin Personnel and Hall and His Agents Concerning Hall’s Requests for Records and Information Became Hostile. .........................................................................................50 4. Hall Personally Reviewed Documents and Visited UT Austin Campus to Obtain Documents. ..................................................................55 5. Hall Was Critical and Distrustful of the Way UT Austin Managed the Document Review and Production. .....................................................59 6. Hall Issued Personal TPIA Requests to UT Austin Connected to His Regental Privileges and Overlapping Regental Requests. ..................61 7. The Possible Purposes Behind Hall’s Requests Relate to His Search for Misdeeds by UT Austin Administrators Rather than UT Austin’s Educational Mission. ...................................................................63 8. Hall’s Conduct Has Continued During Committee Proceedings. ..............68 9. Hall’s Conduct Has Harmed UT Austin and the UT System. ...................70 B. Use of Confidential Information ............................................................................71 1. Hall Obtained Two E-Mails Containing Statutorily-Protected Student Information. ..................................................................................72 2. Hall Did Not Have a Legitimate Educational Interest in Obtaining the Protected Student Information. ............................................................76 3. UT System Attorneys Told Hall to Destroy or Return the Protected Student Information. ..................................................................................80 4. Hall Told UT System Attorneys That He Had Destroyed His Copies of the Protected E-Mails Instead of Returning Them. ...................80 5. Hall Distributed Protected Student Information to Third Parties. .............81 6. Hall and/or His Agents Used Protected Student Information to Further Hall’s Personal Interests. ...............................................................83 C. Hall Targeted Witnesses Whose Testimony He Did Not Agree With. ..................86 1. Hall Attacked Cigarroa. .............................................................................86 2. Hall Pressured Cigarroa to Withdraw His Support of Powers. ..................87 3. Hall Pressed for Employment “Ramifications” Against Hegarty Because of Hegarty’s Testimony to the Committee. .................................89

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