What's a Records Retention Schedule?
A Records Retention Schedule specifies how long public records have to be retained, for legal, fiscal and historical purposes.
If you don't know the name of a record series, you can probably find it by consulting the Functional Sections. For example, if you have a question about admission documents, you can look at the Functional Sections and figure out that admissions records will be part of the Student Records section, and follow the links to the specific series you want.
The Oregon University System Records Retention Schedule is a general schedule for all OUS institutions. This schedule has been customized for the University of Oregon to include information regarding the holder of the record copy of each series at the UO.
The Records Schedule is an Oregon Administrative Rule (OAR 166-475) and subject to all applicable laws and regulations. It is also a "minimum/maximum" schedule, which means that records are to be kept by University offices for as long as the retention period and no longer. To meet legal and fiscal obligations, it is very important to destroy records in a timely, regular, and appropriate fashion. Please consult our Procedure for Confidential Document Destruction for information on how to properly destroy confidential information.
Quick and easy use of the following schedule is dependent upon understanding the meaning of each component of a record series disposition.
Number within the section of the Administrative Rule. Title of the record series
Alternative titles for the record series and index entries. The series description generally consists of two components: a use or purpose statement and a content statement.
Other Copies: Indicates holders of additional copies.
CONFIDENTIAL DESTRUCTION: This symbol indicates that a record series requires special treatment to ensure that confidentiality is retained while the record is being destroyed.
Alumni Awards, Fellowships, Scholarships
This series documents the process of selecting institutional faculty, staff, students and alumni to receive awards, fellowships, and scholarships based on merit or achievement. The series may include but is not limited to: applications; nomination letters; eligibility terms and selection criteria; recommendations; transcripts; letters of award notification or denial; letters accepting or declining awards; summary lists of winners; biographies; demonstration of need documentation; newspaper clippings and press releases; award history and information on funding sources; and related documentation and correspondence.
Record Copy: Administering Units
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