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Title 478 WAC - University of Washington


Chapter 478-276 WAC: Governing Access to Public Records

WAC 478-276-120: Review of denials of public records requests.


(1) Petition for review. A person who has been denied access to public records may submit to the university's public records officer a petition for prompt review of such decision. The written request shall specifically refer to the written statement by the public records office staff member which constituted or accompanied the denial.

(2) Response to petition. After receiving a written request for review of a decision denying a public record, the public records office shall promptly refer it to the hearing officer. The petition shall be reviewed and the action of the public records office shall be approved or disapproved. Such approval or disapproval shall constitute final university action for purposes of judicial review.

[Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130 and chapter 42.56 RCW. 13-05-073, § 478-276-120, filed 2/19/13, effective 3/22/13. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130, 42.17.260, 42.17.290, 42.17.300 and chapter 34.05 RCW. 01-11-136, § 478-276-120, filed 5/23/01, effective 6/23/01. Statutory Authority: RCW 28B.20.130(1). 81-20-049 (Order 81-2), § 478-276-120, filed 10/2/81; Order 73-5, § 478-276-120, filed 5/29/73.]