Public Records

Bowling Green State University is a public institution subject to the Ohio's Public Records Act. Requests for public records are handled through the Office of General Counsel. Requests can be routed directly to Associate General Counsel, Liz Chavez at lchavez@bgsu.edu. Please access BGSU’s Public Records Policy for additional information,

Resources and Related Links

The Ohio Public Records Statute is codified in Ohio Revised Code 149.43, and can be found at the Ohio Law and Rules website.

The Office of the Ohio Attorney General publishes a handbook entitled "Ohio Sunshine Laws Update," which can be found on the Attorney General's website.

Public records requests may be submitted via email to lchavez@bgsu.edu or via mail  to: 

Liz Chavez
Office of General Counsel
Bowling Green State University
308 McFall Center
Bowling Green, Ohio 43403

A public record means (1) any document, device, or item, regardless of physical form or characteristic, including electronic record, (2) created or received by or coming under the jurisdiction of the public office, (3) which serves to document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the public office. 

The Public Records Act protects certain records by either requiring or allowing a public office to withhold them from public release.  You may find those exemptions at O.R.C. 149.43 or by referring to the Ohio Sunshine Law Manual.

Generally, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act prohibits the disclosure of a student’s education records without the student’s written consent.  

Students may request their own education records through the Office of the Registration and Records.