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The Freedom of Information Act, often referred to as FOIA, provides public access to records in the possession or control of the university. The Illinois FOIA notes that it is "the public policy of the State of Illinois that all persons are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts and policies of those who represent them as public officials and public employees consistent with the terms of this Act. Such access is necessary to enable the people to fulfill their duties of discussing public issues fully and freely, making informed political judgments and monitoring government to ensure that it is being conducted in the public interest." 

Detailed information about the act may be found on the Illinois Attorney General website.

The SIU Board of Trustees FOIA policy may be found here.