The Public Information Office is responsible for communications, campus news, government relations and emergency operations. We focus internally, working directly with campus divisions, departments and organizations with the goal of effectively articulating the college's mission to the communities we serve.
We also concentrate externally, working to build strong relationships with our neighbors. We actively work to build a quality reputation for the college locally, regionally, nationally and internationally. We monitor news and events that might affect the college and our students, providing input and circulating information. We work closely with local, state and federal legislators to help determine public policy that recognizes the power of education. In the event of a campus emergency, we respond with timely communications and active decision-making by trained designated members of the Green River community.
These factors combine in an excellent college focused on providing a world-class education, and providing the opportunities our students, alumni employees, visitors, neighbors and friends need so they can succeed and achieve their goals.
The Open Public Records Act requires that records maintained by state, county, and city governments be made available to the public.
What is a public record?
Green River Community College and its employees are required to maintain all documents and records pertaining to its conduct and performance. Public records can be writing, recording, picture, electronic disk, magnetic tape, or an email.
All records maintained by Green River Community College are available for public inspection unless specifically exempted by law. You may access public records under reasonable conditions. You do not have to explain why you want to access a public record, although we may ask you clarifying questions to process your request.
We are not required to create records. If a record does not exist, then we cannot fulfill your request for public information.
What records are not subject to public disclosure?
Washington State law specifically exempts some records from public disclosure. Exemptions are designed to protect the privacy of individuals, protect law enforcement or other investagative agencies processes or the legitimate business interests of citizens.
In some cases, we may redact portions of a public record exempt from disclosure. It is our obligation to tell you why a record is not disclosable.
For a list of specific exemptions, refer to the Public Records Act, or ask Green River's Public Records Officer.
How long will a public records request take to fulfill?
It depends. We are required by Washington State law to acknowledge to you that we have received your request for public records within five business days after receiving your request. In that acknowledgement, we may:
- Provide the record
- Give you a reasonable estimate of how long it will take to respond
- Deny the request, and provide reasons for the denial
How do I request a public record?
Requests for public records at Green River may be made in writing or email correspondence to Green River's Public Records Officer. You may also request public records in person or over the phone, but we may ask you to submit your request in writing to be sure we properly fulfill your request. You can submit a request by filling out the below form that pertains to your request.
I'm an employee. May I make a public records request to see my employee file?
Yes. A request to see information in your employee file may be submitted to Human Resources. Human Resources may be contacted at extention 3320.
I'm a student. May I make a public records request to see my educational records?
Yes. Student Services retains all student records. For academic records, contact Enrollment Services at extension 2500. For any other type of student record, complete and submit a Public Records request.
Is my request for public records confidential?
No. Requests for public records are subject to public disclosure.
How much does a request for public information cost?
Public information requests are free. If you request copies of records, we will charge you 10 cents per page. Documents that can be delivered electronically are free of charge.
Green River Community College did not receive a budget cut in the Washington State Legislature's 2012 supplimental budget. In fact, all of higher education was held harmless in this year's budget revisions. We owe a big thanks to our committed supporters for lending their voices in support of Green River, community and technical colleges and four year universities!
We're proud of our students and alumni. They told us what community college meant to them, and we put those videos on YouTube. The videos were sent to Olympia legislators, and used around campus and by community members. The message was clear: community colleges are the solution to educating many of our citizens, teaching the skills and lessons necessary for our students to acheive their goals in work and life.
Our 2012 legislative priorites were:
- Don't Starve the Solution: Preserve Higher Education Funding
- Maintain State Need Grant and Work Study
- Authorizing Financing for ctcLink. More...
- Support Capital Requests
- Support Higher Education Representation on Select Committee for Pension Policy
- Provide Regulatory Relief in Construction, Purchasing and Reporting
Public Information Office
Green River Community College
12401 SE 320th Street
Auburn, WA 98092
Phone: (253) 288-3361
Fax: (253) 288-3460