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The Kansas Open Records Act


Your Rights and Responsibilities Under the Law

The Kansas Open Records Act grants you the right to inspect and obtain copies of public records created or maintained by public agencies in Kansas. The Open Records Act, K.S.A. 45-215 et seq. (PDF), as amended, declares that it is the public policy of Kansas that "public records shall be open for inspection by any person." Public records are defined as "any recorded information, regardless of form or characteristics, which is made, maintained or kept by or is in the possession of any public agency." University of Kansas Medical Center is classified as a public agency for the purposes of this Act.

Public records maintained by University of Kansas Medical Center:

  • Regulations
  • Policies
  • Minutes/Records of open meetings
  • Salaries of public officials
  • Agency budget documents

Your rights

You have the right to request assistance from the Medical Center's Freedom of Information Officer at any time. You have the right:

  • To file a complaint with the Kansas Attorney General if you feel your request for public records is wrongfully denied.
  • To inspect and obtain copies of public records which are not exempted from disclosure by a specific law.
  • To obtain a copy of the agency's policies and procedures for access to records.
  • To receive a written response to your request within three business days. The response may inform you that it will take additional time to produce the records.

Your responsibilities

You must request records -- written, photographic, or computerized. The Kansas Open Records Act does not require an agency to answer questions, prepare reports, or compile information.

An agency may require you to put your request in writing, and you must provide proof of your identity, if requested.

Reasonable fees, not exceeding actual cost, may be charged for access to records, copies of records, and staff time for processing your request.

Requesting a record

Consult with our Freedom of Information Officer,
Steffani Webb
Vice Chancellor for Administration
KU Medical Center
Executive Vice Chancellor's Office
3901 Rainbow Blvd
Kansas City, KS 66160-7100
Telephone: 913-588-1400

to determine if the record you need exists or is available, to ask questions about the Open Records Act, or to obtain assistance in resolving disputes relating to the Act. Debra Brogden (same address and telephone number as above) is the designated official Custodian of Public Records, and requests for inspection and copies of records should be directed to her.

Regular office hours on all business days, excluding Saturday and Sunday are from 8 a.m. to noon, and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Records may be inspected during those hours. The university is closed on official holidays.

The University of Kansas Medical Center asks that you submit a written request to obtain public records. Please include the following information in your request:

  • Name
  • Mailing address
  • Daytime telephone number
  • Fax number, if applicable
  • A specific description of the records you are requesting.Make your request as specific as possible to expedite the process.

Mail your request(s) to:

Debra Brogden
Custodian of Public Records
University of Kansas Medical Center
3091 Rainbow Blvd, MS 2015
Kansas City, KS 66160

E-Mail your request(s) to:

dbrogden@kumc.edu with the subject line: Open Records Request

Charges for the service shall be collected in advance.

Agency records shall remain in the possession and control of an agency staff member during inspection and/or duplication.

Delayed and/or denied requests

All efforts will be made to process your request for public records as soon as it is received; however, some requests may be delayed or denied if:

  • More information is needed in order to retrieve the records
  • Legal issues must be addressed before the records are released
  • The requested records are archived or stored off site
  • The volume of records requested is large and will take time to duplicate.

Requests may be denied in whole or in part if:

  • The requested records do not exist
  • The requested records are exempt from disclosure by law
  • The request is unclear and more information is needed.

If the request is delayed or denied, you will receive a written explanation for the delay or denial within three business days.

Permission to inspect or copy public records may be denied if (1) the request "places an unreasonable burden in producing public records" or (2) the custodian of the records "has reason to believe that repeated requests are intended to disrupt other essential functions of the public agency." Denial of a person's inspection or copying request will be explained in writing upon request.

Copies of radio or recording tapes or disks, video tapes or films, pictures, slides, graphics, illustrations or similar audio or visual items or devices shall not be required to be furnished unless such items or devices were shown or played to a public meeting of the Kansas Board of Regents or other public body.

Charges and fees

Fees shall be charged for the provision of access to and the copying of public records. Fees for copies shall equal the actual cost of furnishing copies, including the cost of staff time required to make them or supervise the copying. Fees for providing access to computer records shall include the cost of computer services, including staff time required.

In accordance with this provision and the Kansas Open Records Act, K.S.A. 45-215 et seq., the following fees may be charged for providing access to or furnishing copies of public records:

  • Photocopies: $.20/page
  • Scanned data: $.25/page
  • Postage: Actual costs
  • Mailing: $1.50
  • Fax: $.80/page
  • CD/Floppy: $1.25/each
  • Access/Inspection Costs: $33.00/hour
  • Manager/Legal Prep/Review: $65.00/hour
  • Computer Access: $50/hour

Exceptions to the Open Records Act

The Kansas Open Records Act recognizes that certain records contain private or privileged information. The Act lists several exceptions, including but not limited to:

  • Personnel records of public employees
  • Medical treatment records
  • Records protected by attorney/client privilege
  • Records closed by the rules of evidence
  • Records containing personal information compiled for census purposes
  • Notes and preliminary drafts
  • Criminal investigation records
  • Proprietary business information

A complete list of exemptions can be found in K.S.A. 45-221.

An agency is only required to provide public records that already exist. There is no requirement for the agency to create a record upon request.

Nothing in the Open Records Act supercedes federal law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (Buckley Amendment).

If a record is only partially exempted from disclosure, the Record Custodian shall delete the exempted materials and make available the material that is subject to disclosure. Records which are exempt because they pertain to an identifiable individual are subject to disclosure if deletion of the identifying portions of the records is possible.

Public records more than 70 years old are open for inspection without regard to the above-listed exemptions. Disclosure of such records is prohibited only if federal or state law so provides.

Additional Information

If you have questions about the Act or the university's policies under it, contact Freedom Information Officer, Steffani Webb, at 913-588-1400, or e-mail swebb@kumc.edu

The information contained in this brochure pertains to laws in effect on July 1, 2000.

January, 2001; revised 09.19.2008

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