Open Records Act

As a state university, Georgia Tech is subject to the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act (ORA). The ORA provides that all citizens are entitled to view the records of state agencies on request and to make copies for a fee. The ORA requires that Georgia Tech produce public documents within three business days. If you receive a request for records under the ORA, please call our office immediately; if the request is in writing, fax the request to our office. There is no legal requirement that ORA requests be made in writing.

To read the full Open Records Act Request Policy, please see the Policy Library

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) is the federal government's equivalent of the ORA and applies to requests for information made to federal agencies. Each agency may have its own rules with regard to handling FOIA requests. The agency is responsible for meeting its FOIA responsibilities. If you have received sponsored funding from the federal government, you may be asked by the federal agency to review a FOIA request to identify whether any of the records are exempt. Upon request, Legal Affairs may help you with this determination. 

Requests for student records are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). See FERPA


FERPA vs. Public Records Laws (NACUANOTES:  Vol. 14, No. 5 - June 6, 2016)

Who Can Obtain Access to Research Data?  Protecting Research Data Against Compelled Disclosure (NACUANOTES:  Vol. 11, No. 7 - February 27, 2013)

The Revised FERPA Regulations and Increased Access to Personally Identifiable Information (NACUANOTES:  Vol. 11, No. 9 - April 5, 2013)