Accessing Public Records
The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education (“Council”) and the Rhode Island Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner (“OPC”) adhere to the Access to Public Records Act (RIGL § 38-2-1, et seq.) and have instituted the following procedure to help you obtain public records regarding the Council and OPC.
Please note that requests for public records maintained at the University of Rhode Island, Rhode Island College, or the Community College of Rhode Island should be directed to those institutions.
- Requests for records must be made in writing and sent to the Office. Requests may be submitted in any of the following manners:
- Mail: Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner, 560 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 200, Warwick, RI 02886
- Hand-delivered, during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.): 560 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 200, Warwick, RI 02886
- Email: To Jill Olson Crowley at firstname.lastname@example.org
- A request form is appended for your convenience and is also available for download here. You are not required to use our request form, provide any identifying information, or provide the reason you are requesting the records. If you do not provide any contact information, a response to your request will be available no later than 10 business days following your request at the Office (560 Jefferson Blvd, Suite 200, Warwick, RI 02886), during normal business hours (8:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.).
Please note that APRA requests forwarded to the Office after normal business hours will be received the next business day.
- There are times when the public records you seek are not available at the time of your request. Please be advised that the Access to Public Records Act allows a public body ten (10) business days to respond and, with “good cause,” may extend the time to respond to thirty (30) business days.
- If you feel that you have been denied access to public records, you have the right to file an appeal with the Commissioner of Postsecondary Education. If you are still not satisfied, you may file a complaint with the Department of the Attorney General or the Superior Court (see RIGL § 38-2-8).
- The Rhode Island Council on Postsecondary Education and the Office of the Postsecondary Commissioner are committed to providing you with public records in an expeditious and courteous manner.
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