Public Access for Government Records
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, provides access to government records in compliance with applicable federal and state laws. The New Jersey Public Access to Government Records Law, effective July 7, 2002, extends to Rutgers University. This law is more commonly known as the Open Public Records Act (OPRA). Rutgers has appointed a university Custodian of Records who is responsible for implementing the duties and responsibilities provided by this law. You may refer to the website of the Office of the Custodian of Records for a full description of public access to records under the New Jersey Public Access to Government Records Law, including citizens' rights of appeal.
What Can I Ask For?
"Government record" or "record" means any document stored or maintained electronically and that has been made,
maintained or kept on file in the course of university official business.
A full definition may be found at the website of the Custodian of Records.
To align with federal regulation and maintain confidentiality and integrity for our students and patients, OPRA does not provide access to
student or medical records. If you would like to receive verification of attendance, copies of transcripts, or other student records, please contact the university Registrar. For inquiries regarding medical records, you may contact either
RWJ Medical Group (New Brunswick) or NJMS University Physicians Associates (Newark).
Please note that the Government Records Law does not require a public entity to compile and/or analyze information and create documents or reports.
There are many exceptions to disclosure under OPRA. You may find these at the website of the Custodian of Records under List of Exemptions.
Documents frequently requested, such as contracts for Athletics Coaches, are found on the website of the Custodian of Records under Frequently Requested Documents.
Obtaining an OPRA Request Form
You may request a form via the electronic Request for Government Record Form here
Who at the university should receive a completed "Request for Government Record" form?
All requests should be forwarded to the University of Custodian Records, who has sole authority to provide or deny access to university records under OPRA. Your request will be considered officially accepted once it is received by the University Custodian of Records.
For additional questions, you may refer to the website of the Office of the Custodian of Records.
University Office of Custodian of Records
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey
Mr. Daniel Faltas, Esq.
Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance
65 Bergen St., Suite 1346
Newark, NJ 07101-1709