As a state agency, SUNY Oneonta is required to provide public records in accordance with the Article 6 of New York State Public Officer Law.
All requests and questions regarding the College’s policy on FOIL may be directed to:
Records Access Officer
135C Netzer Administration Building
Oneonta, NY 13820-4015
The Freedom of Information Law was created to allow citizens the opportunity to review records and actions of its state and local governments in an effort to ensure that the government is responsive and responsible to the public. As a state agency, SUNY Oneonta is subject to the Freedom of Information Law.
A person, outside agency, or group may request information from SUNY Oneonta by writing or emailing a request to the Records Access Officer. The request must reasonably describe the record or records that are being requested. The request shall be as specific as possible, describing as appropriate, dates, titles, files, and designations.
Within five business days of receipt of your e-mail or letter, the College will respond to your request for records with a written acknowledgement of the receipt of such request and a statement of the approximate date, which shall be reasonable under the circumstances of the request, when such request will be granted or denied. The law allows the College up to 20 business days to respond. If more than twenty (20) additional business days is needed, the college will provide an explanation and a date certain within which it will grant or deny the request in whole or in part. That date, too, must be reasonable in consideration of the facts.
Current lists by subject matter of all records that may be in the possession of the State University of New York, whether or not available under the Freedom of Information Law, are available at the following links:
- State University of New York Records Retention and Disposition Schedule
- NY State General Retention and Disposition Schedule for New York State Government Records
Under the Freedom of Information Law, there is a presumption of access. Records (or portions of records) may only be denied if they fall under specific exceptions as outlined in Public Officers Law §87(2).
Because of the number of offices across campus, you should submit a request to the Records Access Officer. After the records are obtained and are determined to be accessible, the Records Access Officer will make the available to you at an appropriate time. It may also be possible to electronically send them to you or mail them pending a charge for photocopying.
An agency may charge up to twenty-five ($0.25) cents per photocopy not in excess of nine by fourteen inches, or in the case of records that cannot be photocopied, the actual cost of reproduction (for example, photographs, computer disks, tape recordings, etc.), unless otherwise prescribed by statute. With few exceptions, an agency cannot charge for search or clerical time. An agency cannot charge for records transmitted via email. Any person has the right to inspect accessible records at no charge. If portions of the records may be withheld, however, the agency is permitted to require payment for redacted copies of records. If portions of electronic records can reasonably be redacted electronically, prior to disclosure, no payment can be required.
Denial of access will be in writing or by email, stating the reason. Any person, group, or agency who feels that a request has been denied unfairly may appeal within 30 days to:
FOIL Appeals Officer
State University of New York, State University Plaza
Albany, New York 12246
For more information, see the Committee on Open Government.