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Personnel Policies

Applicable Divisions

TCATs, Community Colleges, System Office


The purpose of this policy is to establish the criteria and process regarding personnel records at the System Office and institutions governed by the Tennessee Board of Regents.


  • Public record(s) or state record(s) - means all documents, papers, letters, maps, books, photographs, microfilms, electronic data processing files and output, films, sound recordings, or other material regardless of physical form or characteristics made or received pursuant to law or ordinance or in connection with the transaction of official business by any governmental agency.(T.C.A. § 10-7-301(b))


  1. Personnel Records
    1. The following policy of the Tennessee Board of Regents on personnel records shall apply to all employees of the institutions governed by the Board.
    2. Under the provisions of T.C.A. § 10-7-503, personnel records are considered public records and may be inspected, extracted, or copied by any citizen of Tennessee during normal business hours, in accordance with reasonable rules of the office having custody of such records.
    3. However, T.C.A. § 10-7-504(f)(1) treats as confidential the following information:
      1. Home telephone and personal cell phone numbers;
      2. Bank account information;
      3. Social security number;
      4. Driver license information except where driving or operating a vehicle is part of the employee's job description or job duties or incidental to the performance of their job;
      5. Residential information, including the street address, city, state, and zip code for any state employee; and
      6. The same information of immediate family members or household members.
        1. This information must be redacted wherever possible, but access to otherwise public information shall not be limited or denied because a record contains confidential information.
        2. Further, this information is available to law enforcement agencies, courts, or other governmental agencies performing official functions.
    4. T.C.A. § 10-7-504(a)(26) treats as confidential the following information:
      1. Job performance evaluations, including but not limited to, job performance evaluations completed by supervisors, communications concerning job performance evaluations, self-evaluations of job performance prepared by employees, job performance evaluation scores, drafts, notes, memoranda, an all other records relating to job performance evaluations.
      2. This does not include evaluations completed by students or other such informal surveys.
    5. Each institution shall designate the official custodian of permanent personnel records, provided that more than one official custodian may be designated for different classifications of employee records.
      1. The official custodian of permanent personnel records shall be responsible for maintaining the permanent personnel files.
      2. The authority of the official custodian may be delegated to such assistants as are provided by the institution .
    6. Each institution shall develop a procedure to assure that employees are informed about records maintained about them and to permit them, upon request, to review the material.
      1. Pursuant to T.C.A. § 8-50-108, a state employee may inspect their own personnel file at any reasonable time.
      2. The employee may request copies of any material contained in such file, which copies shall be furnished to the employee upon payment of the cost of such reproduction.
    7. A procedure shall also be developed by each institution to monitor the release of information contained in personnel files in a manner consistent with individual rights to privacy and institutional and external needs for information.
    8. Nothing in this policy shall require the maintenance of any record for any period of time in excess of any retention period established by the institution, the Board, or State or Federal law.



T.C.A. §§ 10-7-301;10-7-503; 10-7-504; 8-50-108; 49-8-203


TBR Meetings: June 25, 1976; March 4, 1977; June 26, 1981; September 18, 1981; September 30, 1983; September 16, 1988; March 15, 2002; September 25, 2008; June 19, 2015 to reflect statute revisions to personnel evaluations.