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PDFWAC 132N-276-080

Requests for public records.

In accordance with the requirements of RCW 42.17.250 through 42.17.340 that agencies prevent unreasonable invasions of privacy, protect public records from damage or disorganization, and prevent excessive interference with essential functions of the agency, public records may be inspected or copies of such records may be obtained, by members of the public, upon compliance with the following procedures:
(1) A request shall be made in writing by completing a request for public records form which is available at administrative services. The form shall be presented to the public records officer during customary office hours or mailed to:
Administrative Services
Clark College
1800 E. McLoughlin Blvd.
Vancouver, WA 98663-3598
The request shall include the following information:
(a) The name of the person requesting the records or, alternatively, how the request should be directed.
(b) The time of day and calendar date of the request.
(c) The nature of the request.
(d) If the matter requested is referenced within an index maintained by the public records officer, a reference to the requested records as described in such index.
(e) If the requested matter is not identifiable by reference to an index, an appropriate description of the records is requested.
(2) The public records officer shall reply to written requests within five business days of receipt of the request by either:
(a) Providing copies of the requested records;
(b) Acknowledging receipt of the request and providing a reasonable estimate of the time the college will require to respond; or
(c) Denying the public records request. Denials of requests for public records will be accompanied by a written statement specifying the reason for denial.
(3) Additional time to respond to a request should be based on the public records officer's need to ask that the requestor clarify the intent of the request, to locate and assemble the information, to notify third persons or agencies who are the subject of or affected by the request, or to determine whether any of the information requested is exempt. If the requestor fails to clarify the request, the college need not respond to it.
(4) In all cases in which a member of the public is making a request, it shall be the obligation of the public records officer or staff member to whom the request is made to assist the member of the public in appropriately identifying the public records requested.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.50.140 and 42.17.250(1). WSR 96-12-041, § 132N-276-080, filed 5/31/96, effective 7/1/96. Statutory Authority: Chapters 28B.50 and 28B.10 RCW. WSR 89-12-024 (Order 89-01, Resolution No. 89-01), § 132N-276-080, filed 5/31/89; Order 77-3 d, § 132N-276-080, filed 8/29/77.]
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