Open Records/Public InformationUnder the Texas Public Information Act (Texas Government Code, Chapter 552), each person is entitled to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees, unless otherwise expressly provided by law. An open records request is a request for public information contained in the files or records of a Texas governmental agency.
Texas A&M University System Public Information
- SPRM 61.01 Public Information Act Compliance
- SPRM 61.01.01 Publication
- SPRM 61.01.02 Public Information
- SPRM 61.99.01 Retention and Disposition of Public Records
Frequently Asked Questions
- What is the cost of copies of public information?
- Who is the Public Information Officer at Texas A&M University-Commerce?
- What is the Public Information Act?
- What types of records are subject to the Public Information Act?
- How do I make a public information request?
- What should I say in my public information request?
- How long does the governmental body have to respond to my request for information?
- When may a governmental body refuse to release the information I request?
Bob Brown, Vice President for Business and Administration
Texas A&M University-Commerce
P.O. Box 3011
Commerce, Texas 75429
Public Information E-Mail
The Public Information Act, formerly known as the Open Records Act, is located at Chapter 552 of the Government Code. The Act provides a mechanism for citizens to inspect or copy government records. It also provides for instances in which governmental bodies wish to, or are required by law, to withhold government records from the public.
Any information collected, assembled, or maintained by or for a governmental body is subject to the Public Information Act. The format (paper, electronic, microfilm, etc.) of the record does not affect its status as a public record.
You can make a public information request electronically by clicking here and filling out the form.
You should make the request as clear and as specific as possible to enable the Public Information Officer to identify exactly what information you are requesting. You must provide a proper and complete mailing address for our response.
The Act provides that we must respond "promptly" to a request for information. If we are unable to produce the requested information within ten business days, the officer for public information will send you correspondence certifying that he is unable to do so and will set a date and time when the records will be available to you.
If the information you request falls within one of the exceptions to disclosure found in the Public Information Act, the governmental body may refuse to release the information while it seeks an open records decision from the Attorney General. Unless the governmental body has a previous determination from a court or the Attorney General regarding the precise information requested, a governmental body cannot determine on its own to withhold information.