Submit a public records request
There are three ways to submit a public records request.
Office of Compliance & Privacy Services
ATTN: Public Records Custodian
48 University Place
Billings Library, Room B153
Burlington, VT 05405
All requests must include the following information:
- Your name.
- Your contact information.
- A reasonably adequate description for the University to identify the records being requested.
Requests submitted to other departments or individuals may not be received by this office or may otherwise cause undue delays. Please ensure that requests are sent using the contact information above.
Frequently Asked Questions
What will happen when I submit a public records request?
Once our office has received a public records request, we will review it for completeness. We will reach out to you if the request is incomplete. Once we have received all of the required information, we will process the request and will respond promptly and in accordance with the deadlines set forth in the Vermont Public Records Act.
Once the request has been processed, we will notify you of the following:
- Your request has been accepted and the amount of any fees, if applicable.
- Your request has been denied and the reason for the denial.
- Your request has been partially approved, the reason for the partial approval, and the amount of any fees, if applicable.
In the event of a full or partial denial, you will also be provided with information on filing an appeal.
Once we have received payment of fees, if applicable, our staff will complete the review and will notify you that the records are ready for release or will send you copies. Records may be redacted depending on the contents of the records you are requesting.
What are the fees for public records requests?
Fees for public records are set by the State of Vermont and can be found in the Univerisity's Cost Assessments under the Vermont Public Records Act operating procedure (pdf opens in new window).
Is my request confidential?
No. Please be advised that public records requests, including any associated correspondence, are subject to disclosure unless exempted under the Vermont Public Records Act or otherwise applicable law. As such, your request, in its entirety, may be made available to any member of the public upon request.
Am I allowed to ask who is requesting records and why?
Yes. Once a public record request is received, it becomes a public record and is subject to disclosure unless exempted under the Vermont Public Records Act or other applicable law. To request this information, submit a public records request using one of the methods above.