|MAILING ADDRESS||Office of the General Counsel
Florida Gulf Coast University
Edwards Hall, Suite 114
10501 FGCU Blvd S.
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
|REQUEST FROM MEDIA
Office of the Vice President and Chief of Staff
|PHONE||Phone: (239) 590-1101
Fax: (239) 590-7470
The State of Florida has implemented policies that all state, county, and municipal records are open for personal inspection and copying by any person. Providing access to public records is a duty of each agency.
What is a public record?
Public Records are “all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, tapes, photographs, films, sound recordings, data processing software, or other material, regardless of the physical form, characteristics, or means of transmission, made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any agency.” Section 119.011(12) Florida Statutes. The definition encompasses all materials made or received by an agency in connection with official business which are used to perpetrate, communicate or formalize knowledge.
Is there a fee for public records requests?
Pursuant to Florida law, the university may charge up to 15 cents per one-sided page for paper copies. The university also may implement a special service charge that is reasonable and reflects actual costs when the nature and volume of public records requested requires extensive use of resources. Florida courts have interpreted “extensive use” to mean when the process to produce the records (including collection and review for exempt and/or confidential material) takes more than fifteen minutes. The University may also implement a special service charge that is reasonable and reflects actual costs when the nature and/or volume of public records requested requires extensive use of resources.
Optional Public Records Request Form
Public records requests are not required to be in writing. You do not have to give your name or explain why you are making a request. If you want to make a written request, the form below allows the University to respond to you should you choose to make your request in writing. Simply fill in the appropriate fields below and then describe the records you request. Please note - this form is setup to maintain your anonymity. No IP data is retained, and only the information that you provide is transmitted to the University.