Shawnee State University is committed to full
compliance with Ohio’s laws and rules regarding access to public
The University's Public Records Officer is Sarah L. Brown.
TO MAKE A REQUEST:
To submit a public records request, please e-mail
call 740.351.3046, or make the request in person in the Office
of General Counsel during normal business hours.
made to other offices will be referred to the Office of General
Requests may be made orally
or in writing. Requesters need not identify themselves or the
purpose for the request except as specifically required or
authorized by state or federal law or in accordance with the Public
Requestors may also view the University’s
current Records Retention Schedule located at
If a requester makes an ambiguous or overly
broad request or has difficulty in making a request for copies or
inspection of public records such that the University cannot
reasonably identify what public records are being requested, the
University may deny the request but will provide the requester with
an opportunity to revise the request by informing the requester of
the manner in which records are maintained and accessed in the
ordinary course of university business.
TIMELINESS OF RESPONSE TO REQUESTS:
Requests will be honored as promptly as possible. If a response
cannot be provided promptly (generally five to seven business days),
notice will be provided to the requester explaining the delay and
when the records should be released.
The amount of time that records will be made
available to a requester will depend upon, among other things, the
number of records requested, the location of the records, the medium
in which the records are stored, the need for legal review, and the
need to redact information.
Ohio Revised Code § 149.43 includes among nonpublic records which
are not subject to a public records request:
donor profile records
educational records as defined by the Family Educational and
Right to Privacy Act (FERPA)
information compiled from referral to or participation in an
employee assistance program
directory information concerning any students attending the
university for use in a profit-making plan or activity
other records, the release of which is prohibited by state or federal
Information contained in records that is not
subject to release under the O.R.C. will be either visibly redacted or
the requester will be informed why requested records may not be
viewed, including legal authority.
If the request was made in writing, the reasons for redaction
or failure to release will be provided in writing.
In the event that the
requester requests copies of records, copied records may be
duplicated on paper or the same medium as the University maintains
them. The University will charge $.05 per copied paper page; other
tangible mediums, such as compact discs, will be assessed at cost.
There is no charge for electronic transfer. Postage will be charged
at cost for records that are
Payment of these costs is expected in advance and copying requests
may be held until receipt of payment. No
charge will be assessed for staff time to review or make copies.
Records Policy 5.19 REV.,
SSU Public Records Procedure 5.19 REV.
Public Records FAQ
laws for the State of Ohio can be
Sunshine Laws Manual (Yellow Book)
Revised October 22, 2013