132G-276-080 - Requests for public records

132G-276-080. Requests for public records

In accordance with requirements of chapter 42.17 RCW that agencies prevent unreasonable invasions of privacy, protect public records from damage or disorganization, and prevent excessive interference with essential functions of the agency, public records may be inspected or copied or copies of such records may be obtained, by members of the public, upon compliance with the following procedures:

(1) A request shall be made in writing upon a form prescribed by the college which shall be available at its administrative office on the campus. The form shall be presented to the public records officer and/or his or her designees, at the administrative office on the campus during customary office hours. The request shall include the following information:

(a) The name of the person requesting the record;

(b) The time of day and calendar date on which the request was made;

(c) The nature of the request;

(d) If the matter requested is referenced within the current index maintained by the records officer, a reference to the requested record as it is described in such current index;

(e) If the requested matter is not identifiable by reference to the current index, an appropriate description of the record requested.

(2) In all cases in which a member of the public is making a request, it shall be the obligation of the public records officer and/or his or her designees, to assist the member of the public in appropriately identifying the public record requested.

(3) The public records officer and/or his or her designee to whom the request is presented shall respond promptly by:

(a) Making the requested document available;

(b) Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time required to respond to the request;

(c) Stating that such a document does not exist;

(d) Asking for clarification of the document requested; or

(e) Denying access to some or all of the document because portions of the document are exempt from public inspection.

Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140(13) and 42.17.260(5). 00-10-048, § 132G-276-080, filed 4/26/00, effective 5/27/00; Order 3-11:74, § 132G-276-080, filed 4/26/74.

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