Office of General Counsel

Records Retention

The General Counsel has prepared a Records Retention Schedule to comply with the specific requirements of the Ohio Revised Code.

Download the records retention schedule [PDF].

The ORC Sections 149.33 and 149.351 govern the management and destruction of records at Ohio public universities.

ORC Section 149.33(B), The authority given to the Board of Trustees.

“The boards of trustees of state-supported institutions of higher education shall have full responsibility for establishing and administering a records program for their respective institutions. The boards shall apply efficient and economical management methods to the creation, utilization, maintenance, retention, preservation, and disposition of the records of their respective institutions.”

ORC Section 149.351, Prohibition against destruction or damage of records.

“(A) All records are the property of the public office concerned and shall not be removed, destroyed, mutilated, transferred, or otherwise damaged or disposed of, in whole or in part, except as provided by law or under the rules adopted by the records commissions provided for under sections 149.38 to 149.42 of the Revised Code or under the records programs established by the boards of trustees of state-supported institutions of higher education under section 149.33 of the Revised Code. Such records shall be delivered by outgoing officials and employees to their successors and shall not be otherwise removed, transferred, or destroyed unlawfully.

(B) Any person who is aggrieved by the removal, destruction, mutilation, or transfer of, or by other damage to or disposition of a record in violation of division (A) of this section, or by threat of such removal, destruction, mutilation, transfer, or other damage to or disposition of such a record, may commence either or both of the following in the court of common pleas of the county in which division (A) of this section allegedly was violated or is threatened to be violated:

(1) A civil action for injunctive relief to compel compliance with division (A) of this section, and to obtain an award of the reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by the person in the civil action;

(2) A civil action to recover a forfeiture in the amount of one thousand dollars for each violation, and to obtain an award of the reasonable attorney’s fees incurred by the person in the civil action.”

Electronic versions of the ORC and OAC are available at http://codes.ohio.gov/.

Questions? Please Contact:

Shelley Bojo
Executive Administrative Assistant
Phone: 330.325.6354
Email: sbojo@neomed.edu

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