Definition of public record.
(1) A public record includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by Central Washington University, regardless of the physical form or characteristics: Provided, however, That in accordance with RCW 42.17.310
, the following personal and other records are exempt from the definition of public record:
(a) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools and the information, data, and records subject to the student records policy, WAC 106-172-700
(b) Personal information in any files maintained for patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies, welfare recipients, prisoners, probationers, or parolees.
(c) Personal information in files maintained for employees, appointees, or elected officials of any public agency to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy.
(d) Information required of any taxpayer in connection with the assessment or collection of any tax if the disclosure of the information to other persons would violate the taxpayer's right to privacy or would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to such taxpayer.
(e) Specific intelligence information and specific investigative records compiled by investigative, law enforcement, and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person's right to privacy.
(f) Information revealing the identity of persons who file complaints with investigative, law enforcement, or penology agencies, other than the public disclosure commission, if disclosure would endanger any person's life, physical safety, or property: Provided, That if at the time the complaint is filed the complainant indicates a desire for disclosure or nondisclosure, such desire shall govern: Provided further, That all complaints filed with the public disclosure commission about any elected official or candidate for public office must be made in writing and signed by the complainant under oath.
(g) Test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a license, employment, or academic examination.
(h) Except as provided by chapter 8.26
RCW, the contents of real estate appraisals, made for or by any agency relative to the acquisition of property, until the project or prospective sale is abandoned or until such time as all of the property has been acquired or the property to which the sale appraisal relates is sold, but in no event shall disclosure be denied for more than three years after the appraisal.
(i) Valuable formulae, designs, drawings, and research data obtained by any agency within five years of the request for disclosure when disclosure would produce private gain and public loss.
(j) Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, and intra-agency memorandums in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated or recommended except that a specific record shall not be exempt when publicly cited by an agency in connection with any agency action.
(k) Records which are relevant to a controversy to which an agency is a party but which records would not be available to another party under the rules of pretrial discovery for causes pending in the superior courts.
(l) Records, maps, or other information identifying the location of archaeological sites in order to avoid the looting or depredation of such sites.
(m) Any library record, the primary purpose of which is to maintain control of library materials, or to gain access to information, which discloses or could be used to disclose the identity of a library user.
(2) The exemptions of this section shall be inapplicable to the extent that information, the disclosure of which would violate personal privacy or vital governmental interest, can be deleted from the specific records sought. No exemption shall be construed to permit the nondisclosure of statistical information not descriptive of any readily identifiable person or persons.
(3) Inspection or copying of any specific records exempt under the provisions of this section may be permitted if the superior court in the county in which the record is maintained finds, after a proceeding with notice thereof to every person in interest and the agency, that the exemption of such records is clearly unnecessary to protect any individual's right of privacy or any vital governmental function.
(4) Any response refusing, in whole or in part, inspection of any public record shall include a statement of the specific exemption authorizing the withholding of the record (or part) and a brief explanation of how the exemption applies to the record withheld.
[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.10.528
and 28B.35.120(12). WSR 94-20-075 (Order CWU AO 76), § 106-276-010, filed 10/3/94, effective 11/3/94. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.19.050
and 28B.35.120(11). WSR 86-23-007 (Order 59), § 106-276-010, filed 11/7/86. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.19.050
and 28B.40.120. WSR 78-08-011 (Order 39), § 106-276-010, filed 7/11/78; Order 11, § 106-276-010, filed 2/27/73.]