The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located in § 2.2-3700, et seq., of the Code of Virginia, provides to citizens of the commonwealth and representatives of the media the right to access public records of public bodies, public officials and public employees, subject to certain exceptions that are identified in the FOIA. The stated purpose of the FOIA is to promote an increased awareness of governmental activities. As a state institution, VCU is subject to the requirements of Virginia’s FOIA.
At VCU, University Public Affairs generally receives and processes FOIA requests; though a request can be directed to anyone at the university. University Counsel is available to assist faculty and staff with questions related to FOIA requests.
What do I do if I receive a FOIA request?
Immediately notify University Public Affairs by calling (804) 828-1231; faxing (804) 828-2018; or emailing FOIAVCU@vcu.edu. Public Affairs will coordinate with University Counsel to fulfill the request appropriately.
Date stamp the request if it is in writing. Although a written request is not required, you may politely ask the requester if he/she is willing to submit a written request; and then provide the FOIAVCU@vcu.edu email address or the physical address for Public Affairs (University Public Affairs P.O. Box 842041 Richmond, VA 23284-2041), which is where requests should be sent. If the requester makes a verbal request, a note of the date of the request, the name, address, telephone number of the requester and the requested records should be made.
Certain records may be excluded from the requirements of FOIA. Public Affairs will consult with University Counsel prior to providing any requested records that would qualify for an exception.