As a public institution within the State of Florida, the University is subject to the Florida Public Records Law which is found in Chapter 119, Florida Statutes.
“Public records” means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.1
The function of the Records Management program is to assure efficient and economical management methods are applied to the creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation and disposition2 of records in accordance with FIU's operational, legal and historical needs.
The benefits of proper records management include:
Space savings, reduced expenditures for filing equipment, increased efficiency in retrieval of information, compliance with legal retention requirements, protection of vital records, control over creation of new records and identification of historical records.1
Public Records Requests:
At any time, an individual has the right to inspect and/or copy public records and FIU is committed to comply with the Florida Public Records Law. Please refer to Chapter 119 in the Florida Statutes for additional information on fees that may be applicable to public records requests. If you have a public records request, please contact the Office of the General Counsel.
1Florida Department of State. Chapter 119, Florida Statutes §119.011(12) F.S.
2Florida Department of State. Chapter 257, Florida Statutes §257.36(1)(a) F. S.
NOTE: For inquiries about students' records, please contact the Registrar's office.