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Open Records Request


Chapter 552 of the Texas Government Code, also known as the Public Information Act (PIA), gives the public the right to access the files or records of a Texas governmental agency. The PIA requires a governmental entity to produce documents in response to appropriate requests, unless those documents are somehow exempt from disclosure.  It does not require a public body to prepare answers to questions, perform legal research, create a new document in response to a request, or comply with a continuing request to supply information on a periodic basis.

HOP 10.1.6 sets forth procedures The University of Texas at Brownsville follows for complying with the Act. For more information about the Texas Public Information Act or open records requests, you may wish to refer to the Office of the Attorney General's Public Information Handbook.

How to Make an Open Records Request

Requests for records under the Public Information Act must be in writing. Including the following information in your request will help ensure that you receive the information you want:

  • Name and contact information (so we can send you the requested information)
  • Phone number (to clarify any questions we have about how to respond to your request)
  • A description of the specific information you are interested in, including time periods. Try to be as specific as possible about the information you are seeking.

Where to Request Information

Requests can be mailed, hand-delivered, faxed, or submitted online. Request should be directed to the Vice President for Business Affairs:

By mail
Open Records Request
c/o Yolanda De La Riva
Vice President for Business Affairs
The University of Texas at Brownsville
451 E. Alton Gloor, Brownsville, Texas 78526

By Hand Delivery
Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs
451 E. Alton Gloor, Brownsville, Texas 78526

By Fax


Costs and Billing

Charges for copies of public information are set by the Office of the Attorney General. If the charge for fulfilling your requests exceeds $40.00, we will provide you with an itemized written estimate of the charges and indicate if a less costly alternative is available. You must respond in writing within 10 days after the estimate is sent that you will accept the costs, or that you desire any stated alternative. If no written response is received in the time allowed by law, your request will be considered withdrawn. Click here for a summary of charges for public information.

Open Records Requests Received

Effective November 30, 2012, open record requests received by The University of Texas at Brownsville can be viewed at: Open Record Requests Received. From there, you can submit a request for responsive documents for any requests received by the University. Open Record Requests received by The University of Texas System are available on the UT System Open Records website. Please note that each request for responsive documents will be considered a new request under the TPIA.

Student Directory Information

Students may withhold directory information by notifying the Registrar’s Office in writing each semester during the first 12 days of class of a fall or spring semester or the first four class days of a summer semester. Request for nondisclosure will be honored for only the current semester; therefore, a request to withhold directory information must be filed each semester. For details on what is considered directory information and the Request to Withhold Directory Information Form, visit the Registrar’s Office website or contact them at 956-882-8254.

For additional information, please contact the Office of the Vice President for Business Affairs at 956-882-8240.

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