Regulations in Full

Freedom of Information Law

PUBLIC ACCESS TO RECORDS OF SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY

  1. Purpose and scope
  2. Designation of records access officer
  3. Location
  4. Hours for public inspection
  5. Requests for public access to records
  6. Subject matter list
  7. Denial of access to records
  8. Fees
  9. Public notice
  10. Severability

Section 1 Purpose and scope.

(a) The people’s right to know the process of government decision-making and the documents and statistics leading to determinations is basic to our society. Access to such information should not be thwarted by shrouding it with the cloak of secrecy of confidentiality.
(b) These regulations provide information concerning the procedures by which records may be obtained.
(c) Personnel shall furnish to the public the information and records required by the Freedom of Information Law, as well as records otherwise available by law.
(d) Any conflicts among laws governing public access to records shall be construed in favor of the widest possible availability of public records.

Section 2 Designation of Records Access Officer.

(a) SUNY UPSTATE MEDICAL UNIVERSITY is responsible for insuring compliance with the regulations herein, and designates the following person(s) as records access officer(s):

Cynthia Nappa, Institutional Privacy/FOIL Officer
Email Address foil at upstate.edu
SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institutional Privacy Office, Suite 130A
5793 Widewaters Parkway
Dewitt, NY 13214

(b) The records access officer is responsible for insuring appropriate agency response to public requests for access to records. The designation of a records access officer shall not be construed to prohibit officials who have in the past been authorized to make records or information available to the public from continuing to do so.

The records access officer shall insure that agency personnel:
(1) Maintain an up-to-date subject matter list.
(2) Assist persons seeking records to identify the records sought, if necessary, and when appropriate, indicate the manner in which the records are filed, retrieved or generated to assist persons in reasonably describing records. (3) Contact persons seeking records when a request is voluminous or when locating the records involves substantial effort, so that personnel may ascertain the nature of records of primary interest and attempt to reasonably reduce the volume of records requested.
(4) Upon locating the records, take one of the following actions:

(i) Make records available for inspection; or,
(ii) Deny access to the records in whole or in part and explain in writing the reasons therefore.

(5) Upon request for copies of records:

(i) Make a copy available upon payment or offer to pay established fees, if any, in accordance with Section 8; or,
(ii) Permit the requester to copy those records.

(6) Upon request, certify that a record is a true copy ; and
(7) Upon failure to locate records, certify that;

(i) SUNY Upstate Medical University is not the custodian for such records, or
(ii) The records of which SUNY Upstate Medical University is a custodian cannot be found after diligent search.

Section 3 Location.
Records shall be available for public inspection and copying at:

SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institutional Privacy Office, Suite 130A
5793 Widewaters Parkway
Dewitt, NY 13214
For the purpose of making an appointment, please contact:
Name Cynthia Nappa

Title Institutional Privacy/FOIL Officer
Address SUNY Upstate Medical University
Institutional Privacy Office, Suite 130A
5793 Widewaters Parkway
Dewitt, NY 13214
Phone No. (315) 464-6135

Section 4 Hours for Public Inspection

Requests for public access to records shall be accepted and records produced during all hours regularly open for business.
These hours are:
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM

Section 5 Requests for Public Access to Records

(a) A written request may be required, but oral requests may be accepted when records are readily available.
(b) The agency will accept requests submitted in the form of electronic mail and within its capacity to respond to such requests by electronic mail, provided that the written requests do not seek a response in some other form.

(1) The e-mail address for purposes of receiving requests for records via e-mail is: foil at upstate.edu
(2) The Committee on Open Government has developed a model e-mail request form for the purpose of electronically requesting records.

(c) If records are maintained on the internet, the requester shall be informed that the records are accessible via the internet and in printed form either on paper or other information storage medium.
(d) A response shall be given within five business days of receipt of a request by:

(1) Informing a person requesting records that the request or portion of the request does not reasonably describe the records sought, including direction, to the extent possible, that would enable that person to request records reasonably described;
(2) Granting or denying access to records in whole or in part;
(3) Acknowledging the receipt of a request in writing, including an approximate date when the request will be granted or denied in whole or in part, which shall be reasonable under the circumstances of the request and shall not be more than twenty business days after the date of the acknowledgment, or if it is known that circumstances prevent disclosure within twenty business days from the date of such acknowledgment, providing a statement in writing indicating the reason for inability to grant the request within that time and a date certain, within a reasonable period under the circumstances of the request, when the request will be granted in whole or in part; or
(4) If the receipt of request was acknowledged in writing and included an approximate date when the request would be granted in whole or in part within twenty business days of such acknowledgment, but circumstances prevent disclosure within that time, providing a statement in writing within twenty business days of such acknowledgment specifying the reason for the inability to do so and a date certain, within a reasonable period under the circumstances of the request, when the request will be granted in whole or in part.

(d) In determining a reasonable time for granting or denying a request under the circumstances of a request, personnel shall consider the volume of a request, the ease or difficulty in locating, retrieving or generating records, the complexity of the request, the need to review records to determine the extent to which they must be disclosed, the number of requests received by the agency, and similar factors that bear on the ability to grant access to records promptly and within a reasonable time.
(e) A failure to comply with the time limitations described herein shall constitute a denial of a request that may be appealed. Such failure shall include situations in which an officer or employee:

(1) Fails to grant access to the records sought, deny access in writing or acknowledge the receipt of a request within five business days of the receipt of a request;
(2) Acknowledges the receipt of a request within five business days but fails to furnish an approximate date when the request will be granted or denied in whole or in part;
(3) Furnishes an acknowledgment of the receipt of a request within five business days with an approximate date for granting or denying access in whole or in part that is unreasonable under the circumstances of the request;
(4) Fails to respond to a request within a reasonable time after the approximate date given or within twenty business days after the date of the acknowledgment of the receipt of a request;
(5) Determines to grant a request in whole or in part within twenty business days of the acknowledgment of the receipt of a request, but fails to do so, unless the agency provides the reason for its inability to do so in writing and a date certain within which the request will be granted in whole or in part;
(6) Does not grant a request in whole or in part within twenty business days of the acknowledgment of the receipt of a request and fails to provide the reason in writing explaining the inability to do so and a date certain by which the request will be granted in whole or in part; or
(7) Responds to a request, stating that more than twenty business days is needed to grant or deny the request in whole or in part and provides a date certain within which that will be accomplished, but such date is unreasonable under the circumstances of the request.

Section 6 Subject Matter List

(a) The records access officer shall maintain a reasonably detailed current list by subject matter of all records in its possession, whether or not records are available pursuant to subdivision two of Section eighty-seven of the Public Officers Law.
(b) The subject matter list shall be sufficiently detailed to permit identification of the category of the record sought.
(c) The subject matter list shall be updated annually. The most recent update shall appear on the first page of the subject matter list.
(d) Effective 3/1/09, the SUNY Upstate Medical University subject matter list accessible under the Freedom of Information Law is comprised of the following categories:

  • Education
  • Personnel
  • Purchasing
  • Contracts
  • Business Operations
  • Marketing
  • Risk Management
  • Quality Assurance
  • Legal

Section 7 Denial of Access to Records

(a) Denial of access to records shall be in writing stating the reason therefor and advising the requester of the right to appeal to the individual or body established to determine appeals, [who or which] shall be identified by name, title, business address and business phone number.
(b) If requested records are not provided promptly, as required in Section 5 of these regulations, such failure shall also be deemed a denial of access.
(c) The following person or persons or body shall determine appeals regarding denial of access to records under the Freedom of Information Law:

Stacey Hengsterman, FOIL Appeals Officer (Phone: TBD)
SUNY System Administration
University Relations, T-10
State University Plaza
Albany, NY 12246

(d) Any person denied access to records may appeal within thirty days of a denial.
(e) The time for deciding an appeal by the individual or body designated to determine appeals shall commence upon receipt of a written appeal identifying:

(1) The date and location of requests for records;
(2) A description, to the extent possible, of the records that were denied; and
(3) The name and return address of the person denied access.

(f) A failure to determine an appeal within ten business days of its receipt by granting access to the records sought or fully explaining the reasons for further denial in writing shall constitute a denial of the appeal.
(g) The person or body designated to determine appeals shall transmit to the Committee on Open Government copies of all appeals upon receipt of appeals. Such copies shall be addressed to:

Committee on Open Government
Department of State
41 State Street
Albany, NY 12231

(h) The person or body designated to determine appeals shall inform the appellant and the Committee on Open Government of its determination in writing within ten business days of receipt of an appeal. The determination shall be transmitted to the Committee on Open Government in the same manner as set forth subdivision (f) of this section.

Section 8 Fees

(a) There shall be no fee charged for:

(1) Inspection of records;
(2) Search for records; or
(3) Any certification pursuant to this part.

(b) Paper copies may be provided without charging a fee, if copies total less than 10 pages.
(c) Fees for paper copies may be charged, provided that:

(1) The fee for copying records shall not exceed 25 cents per page for photocopies not exceeding 9 by 14 inches.
(2) The fee for copies of records not covered by paragraphs (1) and (2) of this subdivision, shall not exceed the actual reproduction cost which is the average unit cost for copying a record, excluding fixed costs of the agency such as operator salaries.

(d) Fees for duplication using electronic medium:

(1) A charge based on the cost of the storage medium used as well as the hourly salary of the lowest paid employee who has the skill needed to do so.
(2) A charge that reflects the actual cost of engaging a private professional service if the agency’s equipment is incapable of preparing a copy.

(e) An applicant will be informed of duplication fees in advance if more than two hours of employee time or an outside professional service is needed to prepare a copy of the record.

Section 9 Public Notice

A notice containing the title or name and business address of the records access officers and appeals person or body and the location where records can be seen or copies made available shall be posted in a conspicuous location wherever records are kept or available for inspection and/or published in a local newspaper of general circulation.

Section 10 Severability

If any provision of these regulations or the application thereof to any person or circumstances is adjudged invalid by a court of competent jurisdiction, such judgment shall not affect or impair the validity of the other provisions of these regulations or the application thereof to other persons and circumstances.