OAR 166-450-0005
Administrative Records

The General Schedule is applicable to the administrative records of community colleges. Retention periods apply to the official copy of all public records, regardless of medium or physical format, created or stored by the above specified agencies. Please note the exceptions to this General Schedule listed in OAR 166-030-0027 (Public Records Retention and Disposition Authorization (Local Agencies)) before disposing of records.


Accreditation Records, Institutional: Records document the institutional accreditation process by the President’s Office, project coordinator and college departments. The records document the information compiled for inclusion in the college’s self-study and other reports provided to the evaluators as well as the response of evaluators. Records may include but are not limited to institutional data sheets, annual reports, working papers, resource notebooks, college self-study, interim and final evaluation reports, progress reports and responses by the college, and related correspondence and documentation. (Minimum retention: Self-study and final evaluation report: permanent; Other records: until accreditation completed).


Administrative Records, General: Records document internal administration or housekeeping activities of the individual office, regardless of format. In general, these records related to the office organization, staffing, procedures, systems, and communications. These records do not serve as unique documentation of the programs or functions which caused the office to be created. Records may include but are not limited to documentation of day-to-day administration and training of office personnel; supplies, and office services; the use of office space, equipment and utilities; unit activity relating to specific and defined short-term office projects; and correspondence. Information recorded in a personal day planner or personal electronic device may be a public record under ORS Chapter 192 (Records). (Minimum retention: one year).


Administrative Records, Program: Records document the daily activities and routine business of academic, service, support, and other programs developed and administered by the office department. The records are used to develop and administer programs and to communicate with other divisions, departments, and programs; other community colleges; state and federal governments; outside business and organizations; and faculty and students. Records may include but are not limited to correspondence and memoranda; reports, surveys, and policy statements, task assignments; discussion outlines and summaries; planning documents; working papers; informal and working files on student progress and administration; staff meeting records including minutes and agendas; and related correspondence. (Minimum retention: five years).


Advisory Committee Records: Records document the activities of advisory committees which provide advice and assistance regarding professional-technical and other programs. Advisory committee members are generally selected from the community and appointed by the college’s Board of Education. The committees are designed to improve the quality and impact of instructional programs and to ensure that the skills taught are current with those in business, industry, and government. Records may include but are not limited to meeting minutes; agendas; reports; notes; working papers; transcriptions; and correspondence. (Minimum retention: Resource notebooks and working files: until superseded; Other records: three years).


Association and Organization Membership Records: Records document the relationship and participation of college units with professional, educational, and civic associations and organizations. The college’s role may be one of membership on an advisory or administrative board or participation in a task force or subcommittee. Records may include but are not limited to promotional information; rules and regulations; reports; newsletters; proposals and planning records; workshop and conference records; surveys and questionnaires; minutes and agendas; and related documentation and correspondence. This series refers to records that document the direct involvement of the college or its representative in an organization; it does not include individual staff or faculty membership records. (Minimum retention: five years).


Budget Committee Records: Records document the process by which the college’s budget is adopted by the Board of Education. Budget Committee assists the Board of Education in analyzing the administration’s annual budget proposal and is composed of the seven elected members of the Board of Education, seven appointed budget committee members from each of the geographical zones in the college district, and ex-officio members representing the college administration. The Budget Committee bases its discussions on the Budget Book, which is a compilation of budgets from each of the college areas prepared by the budget officer. Public hearings on the budget are held at one of the regularly scheduled Board of Education meetings. Records include but are not limited to committee agendas and minutes; the Budget Book; recommendations from the budget officer; records of the public hearings; committee recommendations; committee membership applications; and correspondence. SEE ALSO: Budget Records in the Financial and Accounting section. (Minimum retention: Minutes, recommendations, and budget books: 20 years; Other records: two years).


College Committee Records: Records document the activities of standing and ad hoc college committees and councils made up of members from a variety of units within the college. The committees are charged with formulating and recommending institutional policies and procedures: establishing standards and requirements; performing an advisory function; reviewing petitions, appeals, and deviations from policy; facilitating communication; or finding solutions to specific problems, barriers, or challenges. Types of committees include administrative, standing, review, advisory, steering, activities, and planning committees, councils, and task forces. Records include but are not limited to agendas; meeting minutes or notes; reports; working papers; appointment, biographical, and other information about committee members; and correspondence. SEE ALSO: Advisory Committee Records, this section. (Minimum retention: five years).


College History Files: Records document significant events in the college or departments past. Records may include records on the formation and naming of the college; lists or descriptions of landmarks or significant college events; college histories; progress and planning reports; biographies and records of past presidents, administrators, faculty, or staff; and newsletters or other publications. Records may include but are not limited to reports; published and unpublished historical sketches; scrapbooks; ephemera; photographs; press releases; newspaper clippings; publications; list of awards received by the college; and correspondence. (Minimum retention: Permanent).


Copyright Records: Records document application and permission to reproduce, distribute, adapt, perform, or display copyrighted material of all kinds for academic and other purposes. Approval may be for a single use, unlimited use, permission to reproduce a specified number of copies, permission for a specific date or date span, permission to use for a defined purpose or audience, or other conditions. Records may include application and approval forms; correspondence and copies of subject material -- paper and other media. (Minimum retention: five years after expiration of copyright).


Correspondence Records that: 1. document communications created or received by a community college AND 2. directly relate to a community college program or community college administration AND 3. are not otherwise specified in the General Records Retention Schedule for Community Colleges (OAR 166 Division 450) or in ORS 192.170 (Disposition of materials without authorization). Records may include but are not limited to letters, memoranda, notes and electronic messages that communicate formal approvals, directions for action, and information about contracts, purchases, grants, personnel and particular projects or programs. (Disposition: File with the associated program or administrative records. Communications not meeting the above criteria do not need to be filed and should be retained as needed).


Election Records: Records document the process whereby tax levy, bond measures, and other issues receive voter approval. Records may include but are not limited to certified copies of election results; ballot title and wording records; county election filing forms; precinct maps; election tax levy history; election cost records; promotion and advertising records; and correspondence. SEE ALSO: Bond Records, Financial in the Financial and Accounting Records section. (Minimum retention: Clerk certified election results: five years; Election results and ballot title: Permanent).


Full-Time Equivalency Records: This series document the numbers of students enrolled in the college in terms of full-time equivalency (FTE). The reports are used for internal statistical information and analysis and to generate reports to the federal and state governments. Reports are generated from the student academic records database and track the FTE in various departments, programs, or courses. SEE ALSO: Institutional Research and Reporting Records section, and Course Enrollment Summaries in Curriculum and Instruction Records section. (Minimum retention: 10 years).


Governing Board Records: Records document the functions and policies of the Board of Education, Board of Directors, or other similarly named governing body of the college. The Board of Education has primary authority for establishing policies governing the operation of the college and adopting the college’s annual budget. The board is composed of elected members from designated geographical zones in the college district. Records include but are not limited to original meeting minutes; oaths of office; resolutions; policies adopted, reauthorized, or disapproved; certificates of election; audio recording of meeting proceedings; and correspondence. The records may also include a booklet or package of information prepared before the board meetings. The packet may include the meeting agenda; minutes; background information about agenda items; reports; action items; and other information items. Resolutions concerning financial policies and activities may become a part of the Budget Document. SEE ALSO: Budget Planning and Preparation Records section. (Minimum retention: Official copies of minutes, agendas, oaths, resolutions, policies, and election certificates: Permanent; Audio recordings: Until transcribed or summarized in minutes; Other records: five years).


Grant Records, Administrative: Records document the application, evaluation, awarding, administration, monitoring, and status of grants in which the college or department is the recipient, grantor, allocator, or administrator. Grants may come from local or state governments or foundation and other private funding sources. Records may include but are not limited to applications including project proposals, summaries, objectives, activities, budgets, exhibits, and award notification; grant evaluation records and recommendations concerning grant application; records of administration of grants including equipment purchasing and disposition of records; contract; records monitoring project plans and measuring achievement; and reports to the funding agency on the use of their grant funds. SEE ALSO: Grant Records, Financial in Financial and Accounting Records Section. (Minimum retention: Contracts or agreements documenting building construction, alterations, or repair: retain 10 years after substantial completion; Other contracts: six years after expiration; Final grant product or report: Permanent; Unsuccessful grant applications: one year; Fixed assets’ records: two years after disposition of assets; All other records: five years after final or annual expenditure report accepted).


Institutional Planning Records: Records document the development of short-term or long-term plans for the institution and other special projects related to the organizational development of the college. Records may include but are not limited to instructions from the president or other administrator explaining the nature and purpose of the requested strategic planning effort; internal planning committee materials; statements of objectives, missions and goals; proposals; strategic planning reports activity reports; and correspondence. (Minimum Retention: Final reports: 20 Years; Other records: five years).


Legal Case Files: Records document the management and monitoring of legal cases involving the college. Records include investigatory material; complaints; work notes; police reports; subpoenas; requests for hearing; requests for judicial review; motions; pleadings; briefs; transcripts; petitions; court orders; notices of appeal; depositions; exhibits; and correspondence. Portions may be exempt from public disclosure during specific periods of the case per ORS 192.501(1), 192.502(2). (Minimum retention: five years after closed.)


Organization Charts: Records show the lines of administrative responsibility within the college. Records consist of final organization charts. (Minimum retention: Until superseded).


Policy and Procedure Manuals: Records document and distribute college policies and procedures approved by the board. The records include policy and procedure manuals and related guidelines on personnel, purchasing, and board grievance procedures. (Minimum retention: five years after superseded).


Professional Development and Awards Records: Records document programs that encourage participation in professional activities, recognize excellence in college staff and faculty, and provide opportunities for career advancement. Series may include professional development records which support travel to make presentations at professional meetings, participation in professional organizations or activities, or attendance at conferences; awards which recognize teaching skills; and visiting scholar programs which allow college faculty to teach at foreign host campuses. Records may include but are not limited to applications; review and approve documentation; lists of participants or recipients; arrangements and schedules; publicity and news clippings; presentation transcripts or published works; activities documentation; correspondence; and related documentation. (Minimum retention: three years).


Records Management and Archives Program: Records document college’s records management program — the inventory, retention scheduling, storage, and disposition of non-permanent records. Also documents the college’s archives program; appraising, acquiring, describing, processing, retrieval, and disposition of permanent records. The records may include records of inventories; authorizations; accession registers; finding aids; reference and research records; statistical reports; and correspondence. May also include records management manuals or handbooks. (Minimum retention: Accession register and records disposition records: Permanent; Other records: Until superseded).


Signature Authorization Records: Records certify that designated college employees are authorized to sign fiscal and contractual documents. (Minimum retention: six years after authorization expires).


Volunteer Program Records: Records document the activities and administration of the college’s volunteer program. The records may include applications; skill test results; training records; task assignment and monitoring records; volunteer lists; work schedules; insurance information; publicity records; statistical reports; and correspondence. (Minimum retention: five years).

Source: Rule 166-450-0005 — Administrative Records, https://secure.­sos.­state.­or.­us/oard/view.­action?ruleNumber=166-450-0005.

Last Updated

Jun. 8, 2021

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