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1.  What is the Illinois Freedom of Information Act?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) provides public access to government documents and records. As a state institution, Southern Illinois University is subject to the Illinois FOIA.

2.  How do I submit a FOIA request to SIU Carbondale?

Requests must be in writing or typed. Follow the instructions here

3.  Is there a charge to file a FOIA request?

No. There is no charge for filing a request, though charges may apply depending on the size and format of the records you are requesting. Details about charges are described under the charges section.

4.  How long for a response?

The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) specifies response time. Details about response time are described under the responses section. 

5.  Which records are exempt from public inspection or copying?

All records and information described under section 7 of the Freedom of Information Act (5 ILCS 140/7) are exempt from public inspection and copying.

6.  What if my request for public records is denied?

The FOIA officer will notify you as provided in FOIA. The notification will be in the form of an email (or a mailed letter if no email address is provided) that explains the reason(s) for the denial. The requestor may file an appeal of the denial with the Public Access Counselor.

The Public Access Counselor may be reached at:

Public Access Bureau
500 S. 2nd Street
Springfield, Illinois 62706