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Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)

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The University at Buffalo fully complies with the New York State Freedom of Information Law (Article VI, Public Officers Law, as amended effective January 1, 1978). This law was enacted to assure public accountability of state agencies while protecting individuals against unwarranted invasions of personal privacy.

Requesting Records Under FOIL

Send a written request to:

Brian T. HInes
Records Access Officer
University at Buffalo
120 Crofts Hall
Buffalo, NY  14260-7019
Fax:  716-645-3701

The request must be in writing and reasonably describe the record(s) sought.
Include as much descriptive information as possible, such as:

  • date range
  • key words in a record
  • file type (e.g., email, .txt, .pdf)
  • any information that may help locate records

To expedite your request include at least one of the following:

  • postal mail address
  • phone number
  • email address

Fees For Requested Records Under FOIL

The University at Buffalo can charge for some FOIL requests per Section 87(1)(b)(iii) and 87(1)(b)(c) of New York State Public Officer’s Law. This includes, but is not limited to, charging twenty-five cents per photocopy or an amount equal to the hourly salary attributed to the lowest paid agency employee who has the necessary skill required to prepare a copy of the requested record. 

Contact an Expert

Brian T. Hines

Records Access Officer

120 Crofts Hall, Buffalo, NY 14260


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