Ohio’s Public Records Act
Under the Ohio Public Records Act (Ohio Revised Code 149.43), any person may request to inspect or receive copies of public records maintained by a public office.
The Ohio Public Records Act defines “public records” as information stored on a fixed medium (tapes, emails, photos, films, videos, papers, etc.), that is created or received by, or comes under the jurisdiction of a public office, and documents the duties of the public office (the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the office). A public office has no obligation to create new records, store records on a particular media, provide duplication of voluminous files, or provide internet access to electronic public records.
While the Ohio Public Records Act favors access to records maintained by a public office, the law also provides exceptions to protect certain information from mandatory disclosure. Some common exceptions to the required disclosure of public records include:
Making a Public Records Request
To submit a public records request, please contact the Office of Human Resources at 740.588.1285 or email or mail the Chief Human Resource Officer at the College. If mailed, please send it to:
Any documents identified as responsive to your public records request will be provided within a reasonable period of time following the request The amount of time will depend upon the number of records requested, the location of the records, the medium in which the records are stored, the need for legal review, and the need to redact non-public information.
Fees and Other Charges:
There is no charge for viewing (inspecting) public records. Copies of public records may be charged at the following rate: