As a state agency our records and production thereof are not governed by the Freedom of Information Act. However, Louisiana law requires us to make available records for your examination and provide copies as requested. The procedure under the Public Records Act for reviewing the files of the Department is to contact the Department in writing or by telephone to set up a convenient time to look at the files.
Records will be made available promptly to anyone 18 years of age or older during business hours. LA R.S. 44:33 allows the Department to withhold production of records for a maximum of three days only if they are in use by the agency. If this is the case, the custodian must certify the unavailability and set a time in the certification within 3 days, exclusive of holidays and weekends, for the requester to view the record.
The Public Records law states that we must make records available for review and produce copies as requested. We are under no obligation to mail copies upon written request, particularly if the request is vague, broad or onerous. In such a case, the requester may come in and choose the record he wants and it will be promptly copied. If he is unable to come in, then files may be scanned in their entirety and emailed to the requestor. Production of records is governed by the state public records law, not by the Freedom of Information Act, so anyone citing this as a basis for copies will be informed that it is not applicable to a state agency.
Anyone having care or custody of public records must exercise due diligence in maintaining these records according to your area records retention schedule or at least three years. This includes any documents submitted to the department, even if a determination is made that the document is deficient. In such an instance the deficient document can be supplemented or replaced with a corrected document, but the deficient document, once submitted, the public record must be maintained for three years.
Grambling State University is committed to providing access to public records in accordance with Louisiana Public Records Laws.
Requests may be made by mail, email or in person. A requestor is encouraged to submit a written request that:
To submit a public records request to GSU, please address requests to Grambling State University Compliance Office.
Requests can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org or mailed to:
Grambling State University
403 Main Street.
Grambling, LA 71245