The New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) is built on the United States’ historical position that the records of government are “the people’s records.” The policy of the University of New Mexico is to fully comply with all provisions and requirements of IPRA.
IPRA stipulates that "every person has the right to inspect public records of this state," subject to certain exceptions. IPRA broadly defines "public records" as all documents or other materials, regardless of their physical form or characteristics, that are used, created, received, maintained or held by any public body and relate to public business.
IPRA provides certain exceptions to the right of public inspection, including, for example, individuals' medical records, letters of reference, matters of opinion in personnel files or students' cumulative files, trade secrets, items that fall within the attorney-client privilege and items that are considered non-public "as otherwise provided by law." Items considered non-public as otherwise provided by law, for purposes of IPRA, may include an individual’s social security number.
No person who is employed by, does business with, or has a contractual relationship with UNM has a legitimate expectation of privacy or confidentiality with regard to public records concerning that person except as specifically provided by IPRA.
All IPRA requests at UNM should be directed to Kenedi Hubbard, UNM Custodian of Public Records, at firstname.lastname@example.org. For purposes of the Act, Hubbard is the individual responsible for the university’s body of records. She acknowledges requests within three business days, and strives to respond no later than 15 calendar days after receiving the request.
If it is determined that a written request is excessively burdensome or broad, an additional reasonable period of time may be required to comply with the request. In that case, Hubbard provides written notification to the requester within 15 calendar days of the receipt of the request that additional time will be needed.
For more information, visit Inspection of Public Records.