172-10-090 - Review of denials of public records

172-10-090. Review of denials of public records

(1) Petition for internal administrative review of denial of access. Any person who objects to the initial denial or partial denial of a records request may petition in writing (including email) to the public records officer for a review of that decision. The petition shall include a copy of or reasonably identify the written statement by the public records officer denying the request.

(2) Consideration of petition for review. The public records officer shall promptly provide the petition and any other relevant information to the vice president for business and finance, who will immediately consider the petition and either affirm or reverse the denial within two business days following the university's receipt of the petition, or within such other time as Eastern Washington University and the requestor mutually agree to.

(3) Review by the attorney general's office. Pursuant to RCW 42.56.530, if the university denies a requestor access to public records because it claims the record is exempt in whole or in part from disclosure, the requestor may request the attorney general's office to review the matter. The attorney general has adopted rules on such requests in WAC 44-06-160. A requestor may initiate such a review by sending a request for review to: Public Records Review, Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 40100, Olympia, Washington 98504-0100 or publicrecords@atg.wa.gov.

(4) Judicial review. Any person may obtain court review of denials of public records requests pursuant to RCW 42.56.550 at the conclusion of two business days after the initial denial regardless of any internal administrative appeal.

(Adopted by WSR 14-24-034, Filed 11/24/2014, effective 12/25/2014 Amended by WSR 18-06-025, Filed 2/27/2018, effective 3/30/2018)

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