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Freedom of Information Act

Title: Freedom of Information Act (FOIA)
Effective Date: July 4,1967
Responsible Office: Compliance & Equity
Last Updated: July 1, 2022

About FOIA

The Virginia Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), located ß 2.2-3700 et. seq. of the Code of Virginia, guarantees citizens of the Commonwealth and representatives of the media access to public records held by public bodies, public officials and public employees.

A public record is any writing or recording – regardless of whether it is a paper record, an electronic file, an audio or video recording or any other format – that is prepared or owned by, or in the possession of a public body or its officers, employees or agents in the transaction of public business. All public records are presumed to be open, and may only be withheld if a specific, statutory exemption applies.

The policy of FOIA states that the purpose of FOIA is to promote an increased awareness by all persons of governmental activities. In furthering this policy, FOIA requires that the law be interpreted liberally, in favor of access, and that any exemption allowing public records to be withheld must be interpreted narrowly.

William & Mary FOIA Officer

Pamela Mason
Chief Compliance Officer/FOIA Officer
Office of Compliance & Equity
109 James Blair
Williamsburg, VA 23187

Make a Records Request
  • Your request must identify the records you are seeking with "reasonable specificity." 
  • Your request must ask for existing records or documents. 
  • You may choose to receive electronic records in any format used by William & Mary in the regular course of business.
  • You may request records from the FOIA Officer by U.S. Mail, fax, e-mail, in person or over the phone.
Related Links

Virginia Freedom of Information Advisory Council

Virginia Freedom of Information Act

Records Request

Records requests may be made to the FOIA Officer via U.S. mail, fax, e-mail, in person, or over the phone.

Pamela Mason
Chief Compliance Officer/FOIA Officer
109 James Blair
Williamsburg, VA 23187
p) 757.221.3167
f) 757.221.1764