Freedom of Information Act
As a public institution of higher education, WSU is governed by the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), and certain information must be provided to anyone who asks, including members of the public and the news media. However, as an institution of higher education, the University also is governed by federal and state laws that limit the type of information that can be divulged about students and employees. For example, the Buckley Amendment (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA) does not allow University employees to release information concerning current or former students without the student's express permission.
All requests for personnel and University-related information utilizing provisions of the Freedom of Information Act are requested in writing. Requests from the news media will be researched and answered by the staff. Requests for information from non-media sources will be referred to the appropriate University office for timely response and resolution.