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Compliance - Public Records Requests - Submitting a Request
As a unit of the state government, UW-Madison is subject to the Public Records Law and the records of University officers and employees are subject to public access. A "record" is any material on which information is recorded, regardless of physical form or characteristics, that relates to University business. This includes anything in an electronic format, such as emails. All open records requests should be submitted through the UW-Madison Public Records Portal and will be handled by the Public Records Custodian at UW-Madison.
New Employee Information
- The Office of Compliance has a Wisconsin Public Records training for state employees.
- It is recommended that all state employees complete the training once every 3 years
What to Do If You Receive a Request
- If you are contacted by someone seeking records under Wisconsin's Public Records Law, direct them to submit the request through the UW-Madison Public Records Portal.
- The Public Records Custodian will communicate with the requester about the request, help the record holders identify any responsive records, and respond to the request.
Additional Information on Public Records Requests
Need Assistance? Contact the Public Records Custodian