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Public Info Requests

Generally

To review or obtain copies of UMBC public records, you must make a written request under Maryland’s Public Information Act (“MPIA”).  The MPIA, which gives the public the right to review and obtain copies of disclosable public records, is found in the General Provisions Article, §§ 4-101 through 4-601, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, and accessible through the Maryland State Law Library.

To Submit an Electronic Request

To make your request electronically, please submit the electronic form.

To Submit a Physical Request 

To make your request physically, please mail your request to:

The Office of the General Counsel
Attn:  Maryland Public Information Act Request
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Administration Building, 10th Floor
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD  21250

Your request must provide the following:

  • Your name
  • The specific records that you are requesting
  • Your mailing address
  • Your telephone number
  • Your email address
Processing Electronic and U.S. Mail Requests
  1. Requests can be received only when the University is open.  Upon receipt, the University will perform a preliminary assessment of your request to determine if the University is the appropriate custodian of the records.  The University will also review the request for completeness.
  2. The MPIA, § 4-206, permits the University to charge for the search, preparation and reproduction of a public record to be made available for inspection—excluding the first two hours of work.
  3. To offer the most efficient customer service, the University requires payment for any estimated amount due before the work is performed. The search, preparation and copying process will begin upon receipt of the total estimated fee. If the actual fee differs from the estimate, the fee will be adjusted accordingly, and you will receive an additional bill or refund as appropriate.
  4. Please make your money order or check payable to “UMBC” and send it to the Office of General Counsel at the address above. You may also hand-deliver this payment. The Office of the General Counsel does not accept cash, credit cards, or PayPal.
  5. If the University does not receive your payment within thirty (30) calendar days from the date of our reply, it will presume that you are no longer interested in pursuing your request and close the file accordingly. Thereafter, a new request must be submitted.
  6. Persons who disagree with any response to a MPIA request, may seek review of the decision in accordance with § 4-362 of the MPIA.

Public Information Act Contact

Name:  Christopher Tkacik
Address:  Office of the General Counsel
University of Maryland, Baltimore County
1000 Hilltop Circle
Baltimore, MD  21250
Telephone:  (410) 455-2870
Email:  tkacik@umbc.edu
Internet Address:  http://ogc.umbc.edu