Custodian of Policy: Office of Institutional EffectivenessRelevant Minnesota State System Policy: Board Policy 5.23Effective Date: Fall 2013
Last Review: Spring 2013
Next Review: Spring 2014
Relevant Procedures: The entire procedure on how to make a data request can be found on the Registrar's Office website
The Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) presumes that all government data are public unless a state or federal law says the data are not public.
The Data Practices Act also provides that Minnesota State University Moorhead (MSUM) must keep all government data in a way that makes it easy for members of the public to access public data. The public has the right to look at (inspect), free of charge, all public data that the University keeps. The public also has the right to get copies of public data. The Data Practices Act allows the University to charge for copies. The public has the right to look at data, free of charge, before deciding to request copies.
Government Data is a term that means all recorded information a government entity has, including paper, email, CD-ROMs, photographs, etc.
The Data Practices Act (Minnesota Statutes, Chapter 13) and Minnesota State System Board Policy 5.23 require that Minnesota State University Moorhead establish and publish a policy regarding access to public data.