Dobson Records Retention Policy

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Category Name: Administration and Operations
Responsible Unit: Student Accounts and Accounting
Responsible VP: VP for Administration and Finance
Adoption Date: Unavailable
Last Revision Date:
Last Review Date:
Shared governance: none

Policy Statement

Due to limited space to store records on campus, departments wishing to send boxes to the Records Retention area must adhere to the following policies and procedures.


The purpose of this policy is to ensure the integrity of College records.


This policy applies to all departments.


There are no definitions for this policy at this time.

Policy Procedures

Record Retention

Boxes must be retained in Dobson for at least one year. We are unable to accept boxes that are marked to be destroyed in less than one year. We are unable to accept boxes that are marked to be destroyed in less than one year.

Packaging of Records

We will only accept boxes that meet the following requirements:

  • All records must be packaged in the appropriate size boxes (12"x15"x10") with lids.
  • Boxes may NOT include any hanging file folders. These folders cause the boxes to collapse and may destroy records. Also, collapsing boxes can cause dangerous conditions for our employees.
  • Boxes must be completely full. Boxes that are not full can again lead to collapsing boxes, making it dangerous for employees.
  • Boxes must be clearly labeled with your department name, destroy date, section number and a clear description of the contents. Your department will need this description if records need to be retrieved at a later date.
    • One label should be placed on the side of each box.
    • Please type the descriptions on your request form exactly as they are written on the label. This will help our staff a great deal when they are performing an inventory.
    • Please note: Since all box contents will be destroyed at one time, each box can only be assigned one destroy date.
    • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office can provide box labels upon request. Contact extension 5960, 5860 or to request labels.

Records Transport

Requesting the transport of records to the facility:

  • Departments must complete a Records Retention Request & Instruction Form.
    • This form may be submitted online or by mail. If you cannot gain access to the form, please contact the Student Accounts and Accounting Office at 5960 or for a paper copy.
    • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office reserves the right to deny boxes due to space constraints or any violations of this policy.

Records Retrieval

  • In order to ensure record security and employee safety, employees are prohibited from entering the Records Retention area.
  • To retrieve records from the area, departmental contacts must complete the Records Retrieval Request Form:
    • This form may be completed online, but must be printed and mailed to the Student Accounts and Accounting Office due to the signature requirement.
    • The departmental contact is required to indicate whether the box will be permanently removed from the Records Retention area or if it will be returned to the area.
      • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office will coordinate the return of any boxes to the area.
    • The box will then be hand delivered to the appropriate office.
    • PLEASE NOTE: Individual records may not be removed from Records Retention. The entire box will be removed and any changes to the contents of the boxes must be noted on the label and communicated to the Student Accounts and Accounting Office.

Destruction of Records

  • Individual departments are responsible for determining retention periods for their records.
  • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office has a SUNY Records Retention and Disposition Manual available for your reference.
  • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office will destroy boxes annually (typically between June and August). Boxes marked for destruction will be destroyed (i.e. boxes with a destroy date of 2010 will be destroyed in the summer of 2010).
  • All departmental contacts will receive a list of their boxes prior to the destruction period.
    • Contacts will be asked to review the list and approve the destruction of their boxes. At this time, departments may choose to shred additional boxes from their section or save boxes that they do not want destroyed. This is the only time of year we will accept these types of changes (destroying extra boxes or changing destroy dates).
    • The Student Accounts and Accounting Office will not destroy anything without notifying departmental contacts.
    • At this time, contacts will also be asked to verify their space needs for the upcoming year. We will hold space (if available) until November 1st. This space will be awarded on a first come, first serve basis. Departments that fail to indicate their space needs in a timely fashion may lose their current space.

Links to Related Procedures and Information

Records Retention Request and Instruction Form

Records Retrieval Request Form

Record Retention Webpage

Contact Information

Student Accounts & Accounting Department

History (in descending order)

Item Date Explanation
Next Review Date December 2017 Three year review
Adoption Date Unavailable Policy Adopted


Last Updated 10/27/20

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