Records Management & Retention

In compliance with the Texas Local Government Record Act of September 1, 1989, the College adopted a records management program for the management of local government records. The Texas Local Government Records Act defines a "local government record" as any document, paper, letter, book, map, photograph, sound or video recording, microfilm, magnetic tape, electronic medium, regardless of physical form or characteristic, created or received by a local government or any of its officers or employees in the transaction of public business.

The act requires that the college adopt a Records Control Schedule, listing all records created or received by the college with the minimum retention period for each record, and submit same to the state librarian for approval. In lieu of filing a records control schedule, the Act allows the college to adopt records control schedules that comply with minimum requirements established on records retention schedules issues by the Texas State Library and Archives Commission for use in our records management program. Those schedules adopted by the college are Schedule JC (Records of Public Junior Colleges); Schedule GR (Records Common to all Governments); Schedule EL (Records of Election and Voter Registration) and Schedule PS (Records of Public Safety Agencies).

The college has designated the Vice President of College Advancement & External Affairs as the record management officer and it is her responsibility to ensure that the maintenance, destruction, microfilming, electronic storage, or other disposition of the records of this office are carried out in accordance with the requirements of the Local Government Records Act, rules adopted under the Act, and the policies of the college.

Each department/office is responsible for the management, retention and destroying of their records according to the control schedules. Records whose retention period has expired may be destroyed in compliance with the schedule. No college office or employee may dispose of a record listed in these schedules prior to the expiration of its retention period. Unauthorized destruction of any records is prohibited.

The retention periods of most of the records created or maintained by the college are found in Schedule JC (Records of Public Junior Colleges) and Schedule GR (Records Common to All Governments).