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Records Retention

Official Departmental/University records may not be destroyed or disposed of without proper, prior authorization.  As a state agency, Central Connecticut State University is obligated to obtain permission from the Office of the Public Records Administrator and State Archives PRIOR to the disposal of such records.

When considering whether or not a record can or should be shredded, it  needs to be determined who is the "keeper" of the form.  A "keeper" is defined as the department who is responsible for the original version of the record and is the only one who needs to adhere to the records disposal guidelines for that particular record.

For example, Academic Affairs completes a Purchase Requisition to obtain office supplies. Academic Affairs keeps a copy of the Purchase Requisition and forwards the original Purchase Requisition to the Purchasing Department. The Purchasing Department is responsible for holding onto the Purchase Requisition and obtaining permission to destroy the record in accordance with the Records Retention schedules. 

Please take a moment to read and verify that you and your departments are in compliance with the state's policies:

Records Retention Notice RR18-01

In order to receive approval to destroy paper records that have been scanned into ImageNow, an RC-108.1 form, Authorization for Disposal of Original (Non-Permanent) Paper Records Stored as Digital Images, must be completed.  The Form RC-108.1, approved by the Office of the Public Records Administrator and State Archives, designates the scanned image as the official record copy and the scanned images must be maintained in compliance with the retention requirements listed on the applicable records retention schedules issued by the Public Records Administrator. 

In order to receive approval to destroy records that have not been scanned into ImageNow, an RC-108 form, Records Disposition Authorization - State Agencies, must be completed.  The records on the RC-108 form must meet the records retention schedule standards. In completing the RC-108 or RC-108.1 form, the first step is to consult the records retention schedules in determining the category of the records you wish to destroy.  The retention schedules may be found at:

S1 - Administrative Records 

S2 - Personnel Records

S3 - Fiscal Records

S4 - Health Information Management Records and Case Files

S5 - Student Records Maintained by Connecticut State Institutions of Higher Education

S6 - Electronic Data Processing Records (The RC 109 - Certificate of Records Disposition for Electronic Data Processing Records, must be used in conjunction with Electronic Data Processing Records)

S9 - Library, Museum, Special Collection, and Archival Records 

S10 - Public Safety and Emergency Services Records

The records retention schedules list record titles common to most State agencies.  Determining where your records fall within these categories is sometimes difficult.  Business Services would be glad to provide assistance to determine what Retention Schedule and Record Series Title you should use if a brief description of the records being disposed can be provided.  It is important to ensure that none of the records you wish to destroy are categorized "permanent", especially where personnel records are concerned. 

The Volume of Records Measurement Guide below may be used to help you determine how to list the total volume of records on the disposition form.

Volume of Records Measurement Guide

Once you have determined the category of the records you wish to dispose, an RC-108.1 form must be completed for paper records that have been scanned into ImageNow or an RC-108 form must be completed for records that have not been scanned.  The RC-108.1 or RC-108 form must be sent to Business Services, Marcus White Annex 006.  The forms can be found at:

RC-108.1 - Authorization for Disposal of Original (Non-Permanent) Paper Records Stored as Digital Images

RC 108 - Records Disposal Authorization Form

The Records Management Liaison Officer for CCSU, Richard Piotrowski, will verify that these records meet the approved retention schedules for destruction and will sign off as the Records Management Liaison Officer for CCSU.  The signed RC-108.1 or RC-108 form will be forwarded to the State Library for approval. Once Business Services receives the approved document back from the state archivist, you will be notified that CCSU has received approval to destroy the records and a copy of the approved RC-108.1 or RC-108 form will be provided to the department. The approval process may take up to four weeks.

Upon such notification, it is the responsibility of each individual department to arrange for the shredding and disposal of the documents with our contract vendor below.  Business Services will ask the department to provide the actual date of the disposal and any related supporting documentation (e.g., Certificate of Destruction).

  • Infoshred, LLC, 3 Craftsman Road, East Windsor, CT 06088 (860) 627-5800 

Your University P-Card is accepted for service charges of $999 or less.

A Purchase Requisition should be submitted for services exceeding $999.

We have found that using bankers boxes available through Staples, our on-line contract vendor for ordering supplies, to be excellent for storing records and ultimately the disposal of them.  The boxes can hold up to 1.0 cubic feet and are easy to handle and store.

Please remember that records may not be destroyed without following the procedures indicated above which is mandated by state statute.  The state auditors do make note of this while performing their compliance audit.

To receive assistance in completing the RC-108.1 or RC-108 form, or to receive assistance in categorizing your proposed records for destruction, please contact Richard Piotrowski at x22537.

 

Last Updated 07/05/2017

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