Public Info Requests

Coronavirus Notice

The University is open, with some employees on a hybrid telework/in-person schedule in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.

This measure is intended to help mitigate the spread of the COVID-19 virus and is in effect for an indefinite period.  It is unclear at this time how employees’ lack of presence on campus, or any future changes to campus functioning in response to COVID-19, may affect the timeline of PIA production. Such alterations to campus functioning may necessitate a request for an extension.


University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Policy of Proactive Disclosure Related to Public Information Requests

  1. Pursuant to Annotated Code of Maryland, General Provisions Article (“GP”), Section 4-104, UMBC has adopted a policy of proactive disclosure of public records that are available to members of the public for immediate inspection. Numerous records are available — at no cost and without redaction — throughout the extensive umbc.edu website.  Users may utilize the website’s Search function to locate specific records
  2. The following links contain frequently requested records and information:

    USM and UMBC Policies & Procedures

    Transcripts

    Consumer Information/Higher Education Opportunity Act

    Institutional Research, Analysis and Decision Support

    Office of the ProvostOffice of Undergraduate Admissions

    Office of Graduate Admissions

    Procurement Notice of Awards

    In addition, Frequently Requested Materials can be found at:

    https://ogc.umbc.edu/frequently-requested-materials/

  3. For specific inquiries, you may file a request at umbc.edu/requests
Generally

The Maryland Public Information Act (PIA), gives the public the right to review and obtain copies of disclosable public records, except to the extent the records are protected from release because they fall within a statutorily recognized exemption to the law. Disclosable public records are only those made or received by a unit of State government in connection with the transaction of public business. In addition, the PIA does not require UMBC to answer informational questions or to create a record to satisfy a request. Your correspondence to the University making a request is itself a public record and may be asked for by other requesters, along with the University’s response. The PIA is found in the General Provisions Article, §§ 4-101 through 4-601, of the Annotated Code of Maryland, and accessible here.

Looking for something?

A breadth of publicly available information can be found by using the search feature on UMBC’s website www.umbc.edu.

A current list of requests can be found here: https://umbc.box.com/s/ee5eu7d68utuslidwipqf8d295kgg7qh.

To Submit an Electronic Request

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

**Senior ROTC and Military Recruiters, for requests under the Solomon Amendment, please submit this form to the Registrar’s Office.**

 

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 PIA, § 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 PIA request, may seek review of the decision in accordance with § 4-362 of the PIA.

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