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Public Records Law Requests

The Office of Management has been designated to facilitate responses to requests for UMMS records under the Massachusetts Public Records Law.

As a Massachusetts State agency, University business records are presumed to be public, as long as they have a substantive business purpose conducting public business. This includes:

  • Policies and procedures, contracts, MOUs, license agreements;
  • Calendar entries of business meetings, appointments, official events;
  • Approvals for purchases, receipts, other fiscal processes;
  • Final reports or recommendations; and
  • Regardless of format: email, text messages, paper, webpages, photos, books, maps, recorded tapes, or other documentary materials or data.

For questions related to UMMS public records requests, email PublicRecordsRequest@umassmed.edu.

Helpful links:
Massachusetts State Records Retention Schedule: http://www.sec.state.ma.us/arc/arcpdf/MA_Statewide_Records_Schedule.pdf

A Guide to the Massachusetts Public Records Law:
http://www.sec.state.ma.us/pre/prepdf/guide.pdf

Massachusetts Law About Freedom of Information and Public Records:
http://www.mass.gov/courts/case-legal-res/law-lib/laws-by-subj/about/foi.html