Texas Public Information Act
Under the Texas Public Information Act (the Act), each person is entitled to complete information about the affairs of government and the official acts of public officials and employees, unless otherwise expressly provided by law. An open records request is a request for public information contained in the files or records of a Texas governmental agency. For more information about the Texas Public Information Act or open records requests, you may wish to refer to the Attorney General's 2010 Public Information Handbook.
Rights of Requestors
- Prompt access to information that is not confidential or otherwise protected
- Receive treatment equal to all other requestors, including accommodation in accordance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements
- Receive certain kinds of information without exceptions, like the voting record of public officials, and other information
- Receive a written statement of estimated charges, when charges will exceed $40, in advance of work being started and opportunity to modify the request in response to the itemized statement
- Choose whether to inspect the requested information (most often at no charge), receive copies of the information or both
- A waiver or reduction of charges if the governmental body determines that access to the information primarily benefits the general public
- Receive a copy of the communication from the governmental body asking the Office of the Attorney General for a ruling on whether the information can be withheld under one of the accepted exceptions, or if the communication discloses the requested information, a redacted copy
- Lodge a written complaint about overcharges for public information with the General Services Commission. Complaints of other possible violations may be filed with the county or district attorney of the county where the governmental body, other than a state agency, is located. If the complaint is against the county or district attorney, the complaint must be filed with the Office of the Attorney General.
Procedures to Obtain Information
All requests to view or copy UT Southwestern Medical Center public information must be in writing and should be addressed to the UT Southwestern Office of Legal Affairs. Requests made by US Postal Service should be addressed to:
UT Southwestern Medical Center
Office of Legal Affairs
5323 Harry Hines Boulevard
Dallas, Texas 75390-9008
Please include your name, email address, or physical mailing address (indicate your preference for being contacted), phone number and enough description and detail about the information requested to enable UT Southwestern to accurately identify and locate the information requested.
You may be contacted to clarify the type or amount of information requested.
Please note that UT Southwestern does not accept or respond to oral requests.