Pennsylvania's Right to Know Law took effect January 1, 2009. The law concerns public access to records at public institutions and government agencies. The most significant change in the law is that the burden of proof is now on the institution or agency to show why a record should not be released.
The law does not overrule existing laws such as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) or the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) that limit access to certain records.
In addition, 31 categories of records are exempt under the law. To find the exemptions, visit https://www.dced.state.pa.us/public/oor/pa_righttoknowlaw.pdf, go to Chapter 7. Procedure, Section 708. Exceptions for public records.
Before submitting a request, please note:
- Requests must be in writing via either hard copy or email. Download the request form as a PDF File.
- Requests for information must be specific as to the record(s) desired. A reason for the request is not required.
- Requests must be submitted to the Open Records Officer:
Linnie S. Carter, Ph.D., APR
Vice President of College Advancement, HACC, Central Pennsylvania's Community College
Executive Director, HACC Foundation
Mailing Address: One HACC Drive, Harrisburg, PA 17110
- A response to the request will be issued within five business days from the time it is received by the Open Records Officer.
- The requester may be charged duplication and postage fees in keeping with standards set by the Office of Open Records. Prepayment may be required if fees are expected to exceed $100.
- Transcript requests are not covered under the Right to Know Law. How to request a transcript.
- GED transcripts are not covered under this law.
- For more information about the new Right to Know Law, visit http://openrecords.state.pa.us.
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