The Georgia Open Records Act requires that public records be open and available for inspection by any member of the public. Because the University is a public agency, it is subject to the act. The Division of Marketing & Communications is responsible for administering the University's compliance with the Georgia Open Records Act. This law places important responsibilities on every faculty and staff administrator
The law makes virtually every record held by UGA, with only a few specific exceptions, accessible to any citizen who requests to see it. It is not necessary for the requestor to show particular need or interest in the matters covered by the record in order to gain access. Placing unnecessary barriers between citizens and the records to which they are entitled access serves no positive purpose for the University. Therefore, it is the University's intention and goal to comply with requests for records without making the requestor invoke the formal procedures of the Open Records Act.