What is the Freedom of Information Act?
The Michigan Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) was enacted
by the Michigan Legislature in 1976. The law declares
that all persons are entitled to full and complete information
regarding the affairs of government and the official
acts of those who represent them as public officials
and public employees. As a public institution, the University
of Michigan is subject to FOIA. Consequently, any individual
or organization has the right to inspect and/or receive
copies of public records maintained by the University.
What should I do if I receive a FOIA request for documents?
If you receive a request for documents, regardless of
whether the request specifically cites FOIA, you should
immediately contact the FOIA
Office at 763-5082. Do not delay in contacting the
FOIA office after receiving a request for documents.
The University has only five days to respond to a request
so it is important to notify the FOIA Office immediately.
Do not begin searching for or copying documents before
talking to the FOIA Office.
Who should I contact if I have a question about FOIA?
You can direct questions regarding FOIA to the FOIA
Office at 763-5082 or the Office of the Vice President
and General Counsel at 764-0304.