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Open Records


Georgia Open Records Act (O.C.G.A §50-18-70)
Adopted January 2000
Last Revised October 2014


The amended Georgia Open Records Act (2012) has significant consequences for the University of West Georgia, as well as all state-supported colleges and universities. The amended Act made nearly all records accessible to any citizen who requests them. In compliance with the law, UWG will make records available, when appropriate, in a non-adversarial and open manner.

The University of West Georgia is subject to the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act (ORA) that entitles all citizens the opportunity to view records of state agencies upon request and to make copies for a fee, unless the records are exempted by law from disclosure.

The Department of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment (IEA) is designated by the University President to respond to ORA requests and to serve as the custodian of records. All UWG departments and units must work in cooperation with IEA to ensure University compliance with the ORA. The open records officer is responsible for compliance with the ORA. The University requires all written requests for records be made upon the duly designated Open Records Officer. The 3-day period begins when the Officer receives the written request.

Point of Contact for the University of West Georgia:
Tara Pearson, Open Records Officer
Office of Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment


Requests may be sent via:
Email: openrecords@westga.edu
Fax: (678) 839-4765
Phone: (678) 839-6449
Delivered to the Office, which is located in Sanford Hall, Suite 112, Front Campus Drive, Carrollton, GA
Or Mail: Attn: Open Records Officer
Institutional Effectiveness and Assessment
University of West Georgia
1601 Maple Street
Carrollton, GA 30118

The University will respond in writing within three (3) business days of the date the request was received. The requestor will be notified of: