Public Record Requests

The Office of Communications and Marketing handles requests for public records from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.

Along with complying with the Tennessee Public Records Act, the University responds to requests as efficiently and promptly as possible. Tennessee residents can request records made or received pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of official University business.

Requests receive responses  within seven business days. A response acknowledges receipt of the request and includes one of the following:

  1. Notification that the requests are ready for inspection;
  2. Denial of the request, including the basis for denial or
  3. Estimate of time needed to produce.

The standard charge for paper copies of documents is 15 cents per page in black and white and 50 cents per page in color. Requests for paper or electronic copies of records must be submitted in writing. If fulfilling the request (locating, retrieving, reviewing, redacting and/or reproducing the records) requires more than one hour of staff time, an estimate of charges will be provided to the requestor in advance of fulfilling the request. If records exist only electronically, the cost of copying them to "read-only" computer media such as CD-ROM or DVD-ROM will be calculated and charged to the requestor. If the record requested exists electronically, but not in the requested format, an estimate of the labor costs or any materials required to produce and deliver the record(s) will be provided in advance.

The University of Tennessee has promulgated a rule under the Tennessee Uniform Administrative Procedures Act that describes the charges for copies of public records. A copy of these rules is available for download (pdf).

For more information on the Tennessee Public Records Act, visit the Tennessee Comptroller of the Treasury’s website.