Public Records Requests
The Tennessee Public Records Act allows any Tennessee citizen the right to inspect or obtain copies of public records. Tennessee Tech's Office of Communication & Marketing handles requests for public records in compliance with the act.
Requests can be made verbally, through electronic mail or through the U.S. Postal Service or other means of physical delivery, and should be as specific as possible.
Proof of Tennessee citizenship by presentation of a valid Tennessee driver's license (or alternative acceptable form of ID) is required as a condition to inspect or receive copies of public records.
- Acceptable forms of ID
Documents that can be used to prove Tennessee residency in order to request public records from Tennessee Tech University include, but are not limited to, the following documents. All documents must show a Tennessee residential address and the name of the requestor.
- Valid Tennessee driver’s license
- Tennessee Tech residence hall address
- Current utility bill including landline telephone, electric, water, gas, cable, etc. (wireless telephone bills cannot be accepted)
- Property tax record
- Current rental/mortgage contract
- Current Tennessee motor vehicle registration or title
- Current Tennessee voter registration
- Secretary of State Business Services correspondence to residential address
- Tennessee Tech Student ID card plus any of the above documents
Along with complying with the Tennessee Public Records Act, the university aims to respond as efficiently and promptly as possible. Any Tennessee resident can request records made or received pursuant to law or in connection with the transaction of official Tennessee Tech business.
The Tennessee Public Records Act provides for the public to be able to inspect public records that are in existence. As such, Tennessee Tech is not required to sort through files to compile information or to create or recreate a record that does not exist in order to satisfy a records request.
Tennessee Tech Policy 110 is available via the university's central policy page (simply search for "110" once you reach the PolicyTech page).
For more information on the Tennessee Public Records Act, please visit the Tennessee Open Records Counsel's website.