The University Archives is the official records repository of the University of Minnesota with a mandated responsibility by the Board of Regents to preserve the "historically valuable documentation of University units and individuals, including faculty, staff, and administrators" (Board of Regents Policy, rev. March 2006).
The guidelines below are to assist staff and faculty in determining which kinds of records are of potential historical or long-term administrative value. These records should be regularly and routinely transferred to the Archives. The guidelines are organized to reflect the types of records usually associated with particular offices and individuals. The guidelines are not comprehensive. Per University policies, please consult the Archives before destroying or removing records.
The University Records and Information Management Program provides guidelines on types of records that may be recycled or destroyed when no longer needed or after a specified retention period has passed.
Additional information is available in the University's policy on Managing University Records and Information.
Some types of University records are protected by state and federal privacy legislation or University policy. These include some of the information found in personnel files as well as transcripts, and grade reports.
More information on privacy and access is available from the University's Privacy and Security Office.