This Article confronts a dangerous contemporary trend: the escalating political harassment of public university scholars through the use of public records requests. This phenomenon impedes academic enterprises as diverse as climate change research and biomedical experiments. I here argue that most of professors’ records should not be subject to laws that exist to promote democratic accountability, both because professors do not govern, and because open records laws irresolvably conflict with the academic freedom necessary for knowledge generation. I present a theoretical justification for reform; examine harms from public demands for scholar records; and propose a legislative fix. In so doing, I aim to help open records reform cross the political finish line.