As an institution of higher education in the state of Illinois, the university adheres to "The State Records Act," (Sec. 1, 43,4 -State Records Act). The overall objective of the Records Management Program is to provide for effective scheduling, retention, retrieval, disposition and safekeeping of all records from creation to final disposal.
The Graduate School, as the official repository of graduate student records, holds records that do not fit the criteria for transferring to the University Archives. These records must be kept for a certain period of time, even after they are past their active status. These records are sensitive in nature and require a controlled, secure storage area. Examples of these records include official transcripts, admission applications, letters of recommendation for domestic students. Official information or student records for international students are housed and maintained by the Office of International Programs at CSU.
Each 13-month cycle applications for prospective students who failed to complete the application process are shredded. The electronic file of the student is coded with a "13" to indicate a purged file.
Each two year cycle, admission application packets are pulled from the storage racks for each admitted student who has not enrolled at the university in the last five years. The names, program and term of admission for each student are recorded in an electronic database. The paper files are maintained by the University Archivists for a period of two additional years. After such time, these records are shredded. The electronic file of the student is coded with a "13" to indicate a purged file.
Records of individuals who have received a master's degree from the university are maintained by the Graduate School withou interruption. Access to these files are limited to staff assigned to the Graduate School office. The electronic file of the student is coded with a "IS" to indicate an inactive student record.