Records Retention Schedule
The UND Records Retention Schedule is an approved policy that lists common record series found in university departments. It provides retention guidelines for the Office of Record and Copy Holders based on administrative, fiscal, historical, and legal value. It also provides guidance on the proper disposal methods for each record series after the approved retention period has been met.
UND Records Retention Schedule - Complete
(PDF file - 25 pages)
- last updated March 8, 2013
UND Records Retention Schedule - Most Commonly Used Records Series (Excel file - 4 pages)
- This document includes the most commonly used records series from the Records Retention Schedule
- These records series can also be found in the UND Records Retention Schedule - Complete
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CFY = Current Fiscal Year
A fiscal year starts each July 1st and runs through the following June 30th. For example, we are currently in FY13 (July 1, 2012-June 30, 2013).
ACT = Active The term active is used to identify a "triggering event date." This event must occur before the retention period can begin. For example, with personnel files, the retention guideline is ACT+6 years. In this case, from reading the record series description we can see that the triggering event date would be the date of employee termination. Using the date the employee terminated, we would add 6 years to that, and that date would be our disposition date.
SUP = Superseded Records that are routinely updated, revised, or replaced with a newer version, and where the previous version has no continuing value.
UPD = Updated
OBS = Obsolete
WA = While Active
CM = Current Month
PM = Previous Month
PERM = Permanent
Record - The complete set of documentation, regardless of media format, which serves to document the organization, functions, policies, decisions, procedures, operations, or other activities of the institution.
Records Management - The systematic control of information from creation or receipt, through processing and use, until final disposition or placement in an archive.
Records Retention Schedule - An approved timetable stating retention periods (length of time to maintain) and the method of disposal for the records.
Records Series - A group of related records filed and used together as a unit and evaluated as a unit for retention purposes
Retention Period - The length of time a record must be maintained, based on administrative, fiscal, historical, and legal values before disposition can take place
Disposition - Action to be taken on a record series at a specified time. May entail destruction, reformatting, transfer, or permanent retention.
Office of Record - The department that is responsible for maintaining the official record copy of a document for the institution.
Copy Holder - Department(s) that hold a copy of a record for their own use. They are not responsible for maintaining the official record copy, and in most cases have a reduced retention time frame.
Fiscal Year Easy-Reference Disposal Chart
|Record retention time of||Dispose of records prior to|
|CFY+1||July 1, 2011|
|CFY+2||July 1, 2010|
|CFY+3||July 1, 2009|
|CFY+4||July 1, 2008|
|CFY+5||July 1, 2007|
|CFY+6||July 1, 2006|
|CFY+7||July 1, 2005|
|CFY+8||July 1, 2004|
|CFY+9||July 1, 2003|
|CFY+10||July 1, 2002|