4. Influence over Student activities

C. Mandated Access to Student Information

In several instances, we see that the Koch foundation requires student contact information, specifically private email addresses "not ending in .edu." Other documents show that this is a critical part of Koch's performance requirements.



At the College of Charleston, a 2008 agreement with the Charles Koch Foundation and BB&T created the Initiative for Public Choice and Market Process, which became the Center for Public Choice and Market Process in 2015. A 2010 email from the Koch foundation describes the two primary “reporting requirements.” The first of two being personal student contact information from a wide range of students:

Please submit names and permanent e-mail addresses (preferably not ending in “.edu”) if your program includes any activities that have a roster of students (a class, reading group, club, fellowships, etc). if possible, we would appreciate this information no later than September 20, 2010 for fall participants and no later than February 25, 2011 for spring participants. Contact information will be used to notify students of opportunities through both the Koch Foundation and the Institute for Humane Studies.
As you know, our goal is to support your work educating and identifying student who are interested in the ideas of a free society in order to encourage them to pursue related continuing education and /or career opportunities.
Given our goals, this section of the report of will factor substantially into our evaluation of future funding requests. We recommend updating a list of interested student you have encountered throughout the academic year in order to avoid omitting important information in your final report. (CoC records request, p. 54 )

Faculty are even instructed to gather contact information for students not directly involved in the program:

As you know. our goal is to support your work educating students who are interested in the ideas of a free society. Therefore, information regarding students who pursue additional opportunities connected to these ideas (regardless of whether they were direct program participants) is vital to understanding our grant’s impact. We suggest updating a list of interested students throughout the year in order to avoid omitting important information in your final report. (p. 43, Records Requested Emails)

At Clemson University, the “Performance Obligations” in the 2009 MOU require a seemingly limited amount of student information be reported to the Koch Foundation, but with the open guarantee giving Koch anything else it “may reasonably request”:

On or before the conclusion of each academic year, University shall provide CGK Foundation with a summary principal activities and accomplishments of the Donor Supported Faculty Positions during the academic year, including information on publications, presentations, courses taught, students supervised, and outreach activities, and such other information as CGK Foundation may reasonably request. The report will also include information about how those activities have advanced the Objectives and Purposes set forth in Section 1(a) above, and about plans for the subsequent academic year. (Clemson 2009 MOU, Section III.c)