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The details are in my post history, but my university sent me a cease and desist letter stating that I can only communicate with their Assistant General Counsel. For example, say I wanted to email a faculty member etc., I would email the asst. gen. counsel, and she would relay the message. The problem, however, is that she doesn't relay my messages. Instead, she'll ignore my emails/messages until I call their office several times, and then she'll email me back with an excuse as to why she hasn't responded.

My most recent request involved asking for a copy of medical records (from a university clinic). After ignoring the initial request, and after I called her office twice, she emailed me saying she would respond in a "reasonable and timely manner." I guess I'll give her a few more days, but this has been a consistent pattern, and I've realized that what they're probably doing is tracking my communications while preventing me from contacting the university. Even before the cease-and-desist letter, my emails/phone calls were being reported to the dean. (This was all over trying to have a grievance against a professor dismissed!)

Also, isn't this an invasion of my privacy?

I've seen many posts here about various situations including academic dishonesty, misconduct, etc., and I've never heard of anyone being blocked from communicating with their university/alma mater. I suspect this is because they know they mishandled my situation and are worried about a lawsuit.

Edit- I just received her message shortly after posting this...

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    See: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cease_and_desist. While it probably isn't, in itself, legally binding. it is prior notice that they may take legal action if you don't obey it. – Buffy May 28 at 17:48
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    If, in any of those interactions you indicated verbally or in writing that you would consider legal action against the university, yes (at least in the US) they may refer you to direct all communications through their lawyers. This is standard practice and continuing to ignore that request will severely impact any legal action you might pursue against them. – Jon Custer May 28 at 18:15
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    I’m voting to close this question because it is a legal question. – Jon Custer May 28 at 19:12
  • @john custer- it's one thing to refer all communications through their legal counsel, but she doesn't relay my messages. And even before this reached the Gen. Counsel's Office, the dean was tracking my communications. – Gemini May 28 at 19:49
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    You can't frame this situation as "can a university prevent me from contacting their employees" and then open the question with the fact that you've been sent a cease and desist and told to communicate with lawyers only. It's incredibly dishonest and misleading. Not quite sure what the privacy angle is either. – Azor Ahai -- he him May 28 at 20:37
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My answer will be short and focused only on the cease and desist. It is also not a legal advice.

If you believe that their cease and desist request is not based on something they can actually sue you, you can ignore it. (BTW, you can decide to ignore it even if it is justified, it's your decision after all).

However, you should be ready for a potential lawsuit against you. If that is OK with you, go for it.

With all that, I would simply advise consulting a lawyer if those communications (and mode of operation) are so important to you. Otherwise, a very reasonable choice would be to avoid confrontation.

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