Records Management

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Records management at Texas State University maintains the integrity of record-keeping, benefiting both current operations and long-term archival preservation. The University Libraries support the records management of the university, providing support for both active records management and archiving records, per the Records Retention Schedule and for those identified for preservation in the Special Collections and Archives.

Record Retention

Records Retention Schedule

Record Disposition

Disposing of Records

Records and Non-Records

The distinction between records and non-records is important, because only records are covered by the Records Retention Schedule (RRS). Active records are those covered during the RRS. After that period of time, records are either added to archived collections or disposed of.



Record: recorded information, in any format, created or received in the course of performing university business and maintained as evidence of and information about the transaction of university business. This information meets the definition of a state record in the Texas Government Code, Texas Government Code, §441.031 and §441.180.

Record Copy

Record Copy: the primary copy of recorded information - often referred to as the “official” record. The official record copy must be retained according to the Records Retention Schedule, and must be listed on a Records Disposition Log prior to disposition.



Non-record: recorded information that has no administrative, legal, fiscal, or archival value. Non-records do not have any retention requirement; they may be disposed of at any time and do not require a Records Disposition Log (RDL).

Convenience Copy

Convenience Copy: additional copies of records that are held by individuals or offices. Convenience copies are often distributed for information, are not necessarily related to the function of the department, their existence in the department does not trigger an action, and they are exact duplicates of the record copy. Convenience copies are considered non-records as long as they are held no longer than the retention period for the record copy.

Note: Convenience copies are not records, and thus they are not covered by the Records Retention Schedule. You can dispose of convenience copies at any time, and you do not need to fill out a Records Disposition Log (RDL). The purpose of the RDL is to verify that the records listed on the form no longer exist anywhere in any format. But when you dispose of a convenience copy, you are not disposing the record - you're disposing a non-record, and the official record exists elsewhere.