Previously known as the Texas Open Records Act, the Texas Public Information Act provides the public a right of access to information collected, assembled, maintained, owned, or controlled by a governmental body. Some information is excepted from required disclosure by the Act. The purpose of the Public Information Act is to maintain the people's control "over the instruments they have created." The Act is found in Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code.
Information that exists in any recorded format is subject to disclosure. The Act does not require disclosure of information that has not been recorded and does not require that the governmental body create information that does not exist at the time it receives the request. In addition, the Act does not require governmental agencies to answer questions, perform legal research, or comply with continuing requests to provide information on a periodic basis for information prepared in the future.
Anyone may make a written request for copies of, or access to, public information. We may contact the requestor for clarification pertaining to a request. Information is provided as promptly as possible and most records are provided within 10 working days from the date of receipt of the request. If additional time is needed, we will notify the requestor.
All requests for public information must be in writing and may be delivered in person, sent by mail or e-mail, or faxed to:
TSUS Office of General Counsel
J. C. Kellam Building, Suite 1040
601 University Drive
San Marcos, TX 78666