WSR 97-13-047

PERMANENT RULES

THE EVERGREEN STATE COLLEGE

[Filed June 13, 1997, 2:31 p.m.]

Date of Adoption: May 29, 1997.

Purpose: To revise, update, and repeal policies to comply with current statute.

Citation of Existing Rules Affected by this Order: Repealing chapter 174-122 WAC, Mid-contract termination with adequate cause and chapter 174-130 WAC, Tuition and fees; and amending chapter 174-276 WAC, Access to public records, chapter 174-133 WAC, Organization, and chapter 174-140 WAC, State Environmental Policy Act.

Statutory Authority for Adoption: RCW 28B.40.120(12).

Adopted under notice filed as WSR 97-09-084 on April 22, 1997.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Comply with Federal Statute: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Federal Rules or Standards: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Recently Enacted State Statutes: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted at Request of a Nongovernmental Entity: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted on the Agency's own Initiative: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Number of Sections Adopted in Order to Clarify, Streamline, or Reform Agency Procedures: New 3, amended 7, repealed 13.

Number of Sections Adopted using Negotiated Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; Pilot Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0; or Other Alternative Rule Making: New 0, amended 0, repealed 0.

Effective Date of Rule: Thirty-one days after filing.

June 12, 1997

D. Lee Hoemann

Executive Associate

to the President

Chapter 174-276 WAC


ACCESS TO PUBLIC RECORDS

NEW SECTION

WAC 174-276-005 Purpose. The purpose of this chapter is to provide rules for The Evergreen State College implementation of the provisions of chapter 42.17 RCW relating to public records.

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-010 Definition of public record. (1) A public record includes any writing containing information relating to the conduct of government or the performance of any governmental or proprietary function prepared, owned, used, or retained by The Evergreen State College, regardless of the physical form or characteristics((; provided, however, that in accordance with RCW 42.17.310, the following personal and other records are exempt from the definition of public record: (1) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools, patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies, welfare recipients, prisoners, probationers or parolees.

(2) Personal information in files maintained for employees, appointees or elected officials or any public agency to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy.

(3) Information required of any taxpayer in connection with the assessment or collection of any tax if the disclosure of the information to other persons would violate the taxpayer's right to privacy or would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to such taxpayer.

(4) Specific intelligence information and specific investigative files compiled by investigative, law enforcement and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person's right to privacy.

(5) Information revealing the identity of persons who file complaints with investigative, law enforcement or penology agencies, except as the complainant may authorize.

(6) Test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a license, employment or academic examination.

(7) Except as provided by chapter 8.26 RCW, the contents of real estate appraisals, made for or by any agency relative to the acquisition of property, until the project is abandoned or until such time as all of the property has been acquired, but in no event shall disclosure be denied for more than three years after the appraisal.

(8) Valuable formulae, designs, drawings and research data obtained by any agency within five years of the request for disclosure when disclosure would produce private gain and public loss.

(9) Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, and intra-agency memorandums in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated or recommended except that a specific record shall not be exempt when publicly cited by an agency in connection with any agency action.

(10) Records which are relevant to a controversy to which an agency is a party but which records would not be available to another party under the rules of pretrial discovery for causes pending in the superior courts.

The exemptions of this section shall be inapplicable to the extent that information, the disclosure of which would violate personal privacy or vital government interest, can be deleted from the specific records sought. No exemption shall be construed to permit the nondisclosure of statistical information not descriptive of any readily identifiable person or persons)).

(2) "Writing" means handwriting, typewriting, printing, photostating, photographing, and every other means of recording any form of communication or representation, including letters, words, pictures, sounds, symbols, or combination thereof; and all papers, maps, magnetic or paper tapes, photographic films and prints, magnetic or punched cards, discs, drums, and other documents.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-010, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-040 Designation of public records officers. (((1) In accordance with the requirements of chapter 42.17 RCW, insofar as such chapter requires state agencies to adopt and enforce reasonable rules and regulations to provide full public access to official records while yet protecting the same from damage and to prevent excessive interference with essentials of the agency, all public records at the college shall be in the charge of persons holding positions as records officers.

(2) Overall responsibility for coordinating responses to requests for examination of public records shall be the responsibility of the person known as the "public records officer." The person holding such position will be headquartered in the Daniel J. Evans Library Building of the college; his or her exact location and name may be determined by inquiry at the office of the president of the college. The public records officer shall also be responsible for compiling and maintaining the index required by chapter 42.17 RCW.

(3) For purposes of this chapter, the custody of the college's records shall be divided into the following divisions:

(a) Office of the president;

(b) Office of the vice-president and provost;

(c) Office of the vice-president for finance and administration;

(d) Office of the vice-president for college advancement.

The heads of the above-designated divisions shall be deemed custodian of the records in the possession or control of units and employees of his division and responsible for the care and custody of records within his division even though such person is not in actual possession or control of such records. The four persons mentioned above shall be known as the college "records custodians."

(4) In any cases where a question arises as to whether a given public record is a responsibility of one records custodian or another, the determination of such ministerial responsibility shall for the purposes of this chapter be made by the public records officer, or the president of the college.)) The public records officer for the college shall be the executive associate to the president or the president's designee within the office of the president. The public records officer shall be responsible for insuring full public access to public records in accordance with chapter 42.17 RCW. The public records officer shall enforce the rules and regulations related to release of public records and coordinate such with the faculty, staff, and students of the college.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-040, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-050 Availability for public inspection and copying of public records. Public records shall be available for inspection and copying during the customary office hours of the college. For the purposes of this chapter, the customary office hours shall be from 9 a.m. to noon and from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, excluding legal holidays, unless the person making the request and the college, acting through the public records officer ((or a records custodian)), agree on a different time.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-050, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-060 Requests for public records. In accordance with the requirements of chapter 42.17 RCW, that agencies prevent unreasonable invasions of privacy, protect public records from damage or disorganization, and prevent excessive interference with essential functions of the agency, public records are only obtainable by members of the public when those members of the public comply with the following procedures:

(1) A request shall be made in writing upon a form which shall be available at the office of the public records officer and shall be presented to the public records officer or ((any other of the persons designated by this chapter as a custodian of certain college records, per WAC 174-276-040)) the president's designee. Such request shall include the following:

(a) The name of the person requesting the record.

(b) The time of day and calendar date on which the request was made.

(c) If the matter requested is referenced within the current index maintained by the college records officer, a reference to the requested record as it is described in such index.

(d) If the requested matter is not identifiable by reference to the college records current index, a statement that succinctly describes the record requested.

(e) A verification that the records requested shall not be used to compile a commercial sales list.

(2) In all cases in which a member of the public is making a request, it shall be the obligation of the college person to whom the request is being made to assist the member of the public in succinctly identifying the public record requested.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-060, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-080 Determination regarding exempt records. (1) The college reserves the right to determine that a public record requested in accordance with the procedures of this chapter is exempt under the provisions of RCW 42.17.310. Such determination may be made in consultation with any of the records officers of the college, president of the college, or an assistant attorney general assigned to the college.

(2) Responses to requests for records must be made promptly. For the purpose of these rules, a prompt response occurs if the person requesting the public record is notified within ((one)) five business days as to whether her or his request for a public record will be honored.

(3) No denial of a request for public records shall be valid unless accompanied by a written statement, signed by the public records officer or his or her designee, specifying the specific reasons therefor. The following nonexhaustive lists are examples of records exempted from public inspection and copying:

(a) Personal information in any files maintained for students in public schools; patients or clients of public institutions or public health agencies; welfare recipients; prisoners, probationers, or parolees.

(b) Personal information in files maintained for employees, appointed or elected officials, or any public agency to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy.

(c) Information required of any taxpayer in connection with the assessment or collection of any tax, if the disclosure of the information to other persons would violate the taxpayer's right to privacy or would result in unfair competitive disadvantage to such taxpayer.

(d) Specific intelligence information and specific investigative files compiled by investigative, law enforcement and penology agencies, and state agencies vested with the responsibility to discipline members of any profession, the nondisclosure of which is essential to effective law enforcement or for the protection of any person's right to privacy.

(e) Information revealing the identity of persons who are witnesses to or victims of crime or who file complaints with investigative, law enforcement or penology agencies, except as the complainant may authorize.

(f) Test questions, scoring keys, and other examination data used to administer a license, employment or academic examination.

(g) Except as provided by chapter 8.26 RCW, the contents of real estate appraisals, made for or by any agency relative to the acquisition of property, until the project is abandoned or until such time as all of the property has been acquired, but in no event shall disclosure be denied for more than three years after the appraisal.

(h) Valuable formulae, designs, drawings and research data obtained by any agency within five years of the request for disclosure when disclosure would produce private gain and public loss.

(i) Preliminary drafts, notes, recommendations, and intra-agency memoranda in which opinions are expressed or policies formulated or recommended, except that a specific record shall not be exempt when publicly cited by an agency in connection with any agency action.

(j) Records which are relevant to a controversy to which an agency is a party but which records would not be available to another party under the rules of pretrial discovery for causes pending in the superior courts.

(k) Information required of any taxpayer in connection with the assessment or collection of any tax if the disclosure of information would:

(i) Be prohibited to such persons by RCW 82.32.330; or

(ii) Violate the taxpayer's right to privacy or result in unfair competitive disadvantage to the taxpayer.

(l) Records, maps, or other information identifying the location of archeological sites in order to avoid the looting or depredation of such sites.

(m) Any library record, the primary purpose of which is to maintain control of library materials, or to gain access to information, which discloses or could be used to disclose the identity of a library user.

(n) All applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to the applicant.

(o) The residential addresses and residential telephone numbers of employees or volunteers of a public agency which are held by the agency in personnel records, employment or volunteer rosters, or mailing lists of employees or volunteers. RCW 51.36.120.

(p) Client records maintained by an agency that is a domestic violence program as defined in RCW 70.123.020 or 70.123.075 or a rape crisis center as defined in RCW 70.125.030.

(q) Information that identifies a person who, while an agency employee:

(i) Seeks advice, under an informal process established by the employing agency, in order to ascertain his or her rights in connection with a possible unfair practice under chapter 49.60 RCW against the person; and

(ii) Requests his or her identity or any identifying information not be disclosed.

(r) Investigative records compiled by an employing agency conducting a current investigation of a possible unfair practice under chapter 49.60 RCW or of a possible violation of other federal, state, or local laws prohibiting discrimination in employment.

(s) Business related information protected from public inspection and copying under RCW 15.86.110.

(4) The exemptions of this section shall be inapplicable to the extent that information, the disclosure of which would violate personal privacy or vital government interest, can be deleted from the specific records sought. No exemption shall be construed to permit the nondisclosure of statistical information not descriptive of any readily identifiable person or persons.

(5) Prior to releasing personal information regarding an identifiable person or persons, the college must notify the affected person or persons in writing and provide them with a two-week opportunity to seek an injunction through Thurston County superior court preventing the release of the document or documents in question. The affected person or persons may waive the two-week notice requirement under this section by contacting the public records officer in writing of said waiver.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-080, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-276-090 Review of denials for public records requests. (1) Any person who objects to the denial of a request for a public record shall petition for prompt review of such decision by tendering a written request for a review of such denial. Such written request by a person demanding prompt review shall specifically reference the written statement by the college denying that person's request for a public record.

(2) Within two business days after receiving the written request by a person petitioning for prompt review of a decision denying a public record, the president of the college or any of her or his designees, which for the purposes of this section may include the public records officer ((or the records custodians)), shall consider such petition.

(3) During the course of the two business days in which the president or her or his designee reviews the decision of the public records officer denying the request for a public record, the president or ((his)) designee may conduct an informal hearing. During the course of such informal hearing, the president or ((his)) designee may require that the person requesting the public record appear in person at a reasonable time and place located on the campus and further explain and identify the exact nature of the public record she or he is seeking. Failure by the person requesting the review hearing to appear at such informal hearing shall be deemed a waiver of that person's right to insist upon completion of the review of his request within two business days. If the petitioner requesting review does appear at such informal hearing, then the period for review by the college shall be extended to a period not exceeding twenty-four hours after such person requesting review has appeared before the president or ((his)) designee.

(4) During the course of the informal hearing conducted by the president or his or her designee under this section, the hearing officer shall consider the obligations of the college fully to comply with the intent of chapter 42.17 RCW insofar as it requires providing full public access to official records, but shall also consider the exemptions provided in RCW 42.17.310 and the requirement of RCW 42.17.250 insofar as it requires the college to protect public records from damage or disorganization, prevent excessive interference with essential functions of the agency, and to prevent any unreasonable invasion of personal privacy by deleting identifying details.

(5) Administrative remedies shall not be considered exhausted until the college has returned the petition with a decision or until the close of the second business day following denial of inspection, whichever occurs first.

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-276-090, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 174-276-095 Requests for review. As provided in RCW 42.17.325, "Whenever a state agency concludes that a public record is exempt from disclosure and denies a person opportunity to inspect or copy a public record for that reason, the person may request the attorney general to review the matter."

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AMENDATORY SECTION (Amending WSR 90-04-011, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90)

WAC 174-133-020 Organization--Operation--Information. (1) Organization. The Evergreen State College is established in Title 28B RCW as a public institution of higher education. The institution is governed by a seven-member board of trustees appointed by the governor. The board normally meets ((once per calendar month)) the second Wednesday of February, April, May, June, August, October and December. The meeting schedule is published in the Washington State Register maintained by the code reviser's office. The board establishes such divisions and units necessary to carry out the purpose of the college, provides the necessary property, facilities and equipment and promulgates such rules, regulations, and policies as are necessary to the administration of the college. The board employs a president and has delegated to the president the authority to employ members of the faculty and other employees. The president acts as the chief executive officer of the institution and establishes the structure of the administration.

(2) Location. The Evergreen State College is located on a campus in Thurston County, near the city of Olympia, Washington.

(3) Operation. The administrative office of The Evergreen State College is at the following address:

The Evergreen State College Campus

Olympia, WA 98505

The office hours are 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday, except legal holidays. Educational operations are also located at the following addresses:

The Evergreen State College Campus

Olympia, WA 98505

TESC Tacoma Campus

1202 ((South K Street))

Martin Luther King Jr. Way

Tacoma, WA 98405

(4) Additional and detailed information concerning the educational offerings may be obtained from the catalog, copies of which are available at the following address:

Office of Admissions

The Evergreen State College Campus

Olympia, WA 98505

[Statutory Authority: Chapter 34.05 RCW. 90-04-011, 174-133-020, filed 1/26/90, effective 2/26/90.]

NEW SECTION

WAC 174-140-010 Implementation of State Environmental Policy Act. (1) It shall be the policy of The Evergreen State College that all actions taken by the college shall comply with the provisions of chapter 43.21C RCW (the State Environmental Policy Act) and chapter 197-11 WAC, as presently enacted or hereafter amended.

(2) The president of The Evergreen State College shall be responsible for administering and implementing this policy. The president shall designate the college personnel who will be responsible for carrying out the duties and functions of the college as set forth or incorporated herein.

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REPEALER

The following sections of the Washington Administrative Code are repealed:

WAC 174-140-180 Introduction.

WAC 174-140-190 Consultation with environmental advisory committee.

WAC 174-140-200 State Environmental Policy Act compliance.

WAC 174-140-210 State Environmental Policy Act "responsible official."

WAC 174-140-220 Information center and register distribution.

WAC 174-140-230 Publication of notice of action.

WAC 174-140-240 Emergency procedures.

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