Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) - Rights and Responsibilities

The Rights of Requesters and the Responsibilities of Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) under the Virginia Freedom of Information Act

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located in § 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials, and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording — regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording, or any other format — that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

You have the right to request to inspect or receive copies of public records, or both.

Making a request for records from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC)

To request records from Dabney S. Lancaster Community College (DSLCC) or ask questions about requesting records, you may contact:

Angela Graham
Vice President for Financial and Administrative Services
1000 Dabney Drive
Clifton Forge, Virginia 24422

(540) 863-2806
(540) 863-2915 - fax

Fees associated with FOIA requests

A public body (in this case, DSLCC) may make reasonable charges not to exceed its actual cost incurred in accessing, duplicating, supplying, or searching for the requested records. No public body shall impose any extraneous, intermediary, or surplus fees or expenses to recoup the general costs associated with creating or maintaining records or transacting the general business of the public body. Any duplicating fee charged by a public body shall not exceed the actual cost of duplication. All charges for the supplying of requested records shall be estimated in advance at the request of the citizen as set forth in subsection F of § 2.2-3704 of the Code of Virginia.

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