Public Records Request - Procedures

Within five business days of receiving a public records request, the public records officer will either:

  1. Provide the record.
  2. Acknowledge the request and give an estimated reasonable time the district will need to provide the record.
  3. Request further information to clarify the request or deny the request.

No fee will be charged for the inspection of public records. Examination of public records will occur by appointment at the office of the public records officer during normal business hours.

The fee for copies of public records is 10 cents per page. Full payment is required prior to release of the records. Only exact change or checks made payable to Pierce College will be accepted.

If the request is denied, the requestor may appeal the decision by submitting a written request for appeal to the public records officer. The written request must specifically refer to the written statement by the public records officer that accompanied the denial.

The Vice President of Administrative Services will refer the written request for appeal to the chancellor or designee. The chancellor or designee will immediately consider the matter, may consult with the office of the attorney general, and either affirm or reverse the denial. The request will be returned with a final decision within two business days following the filing of the written request for review. If the review affirms the denial of access to a public record, the requestor has a right to seek a written opinion from the office of the attorney general. The requestor also has a right to obtain a court review of the denial of a public records request.

Contact Information

For questions, assistance or to submit a Public Records Request

Pierce College
Vice President of Administrative Services
9401 Farwest Drive SW
Lakewood, WA 98498

Email: publicrecordsrequests
Phone: 253-964-6507
Fax: 253-912-3638

Hours of Operation

Sept. 22-26
M,T: 7:30 a.m. - 6 p.m.
W-F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.

Starting Sept. 29
M,T,W,F: 8 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Th: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Closed on State Holidays