Records Storage Has Gone Digital!
On July 1st, 2023, University Records Storage closed and is no longer accepting non-archival paper-based records. For EWU to continue to be nimble, flexible, and efficient we need to move away from paper-based processes and resources to an all-electronic environment.
Please contact records management with any questions and to schedule a consultation to help your office transition to digital records.
What is my Responsibility?
As a state agency, Eastern Washington University is subject to laws regarding records retention and transparency. The university, each of its offices, and each and every employee has the legal responsibility to demonstrate the proper care and management of its records.
Scan & Toss
Does this record need to be retained?
Are the records Transitory or Substantive?
- "Transitory" are records created or received to pass along information of temporary value such as drafts, working documents, duplicates, routine information, etc. Check the records retention schedule to see if your records are transitory. Transitory records do not need to be retained and can be destroyed as soon as you no longer need them.
- "Substantive" are records that provide a record of the function of your office such as processes requiring approval or signature, research records, spending or reimbursement of funds etc. Check the records retention schedule to see if your records are substantive. Substantive records need to be retained and may be eligible for Scan and Toss.
If the records do need to be retained, can paper records be destroyed after scanning?
YES - if you follow the steps below:
- Determine if the records are "Archival" or "Non-Archival"
- If the records are "non-archival" your records are eligible for Scan & Toss, you may proceed to step 2.
- If the records are "Archival" send the records to Records Management for Storage, these are not eligible for Scan & Toss.
- Designations of "Archival" or "Non-Archival" are clearly indicated on the records retention schedules.
- Records must be scanned at a minimum of 300 dpi (dots per inch).
- It is recommended that scanned records be saved as PDF files. If records are scanned using a mobile device, JPEGs are an acceptable format.
- Scanned documents must be visually inspected to ensure that the image is complete, clear, and easily read.
- The length of the resulting PDF must be compared to the number pages of scanned records to ensure that every document was scanned. In the same way, if using a mobile device to scan records, the resulting scans must be compared with the records to ensure every document was captured.
How do I manage, store, and retain images?
Departments need to factor in not only the retention period (e.g., six years), but also the trigger or the cut-off that starts the retention clock. For example, a record with a minimum retention of “six years after life of building” would likely need to be retained for much longer than just six years.
- Scanned records must be protected against alteration and/or deletion, damage, or loss thought-out the entire retention period.
- Scanned records must remain accessible and that multiple people have access to these records for the minimum retention period.
- Departments should document the destruction of records, including scanned images, as it provides evidence to prove that they retained their records for the minimum retention periods.
- If the retention for your documents is greater than 7 years, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for storage assistance.
- If you would like suggestion on setting up storage locations please contact email@example.com or contact the IT Help Desk.
How do I destroy the scanned paper records?
Once you've scanned records, you can destroy the paper version via locked shred bin, or if you have several boxes of records you can submit a work order for Trucking to pick up and destroy your boxes.
How do I destroy scanned records which have met their retention?
Before destroying records which have met their retention you will need to email firstname.lastname@example.org with the following information:
- Brief Description of the records being destroyed
- Applicable Disposition Authority Number (DAN)
- Cut Off Date
- Destruction Date
If you need help identifying any of this information please reach out to Records Management.
15 Things to Destroy this Year
- Newsletter/Listservs from EWU or from relevant industries
- Announcements (suspended operations, e-outage or IT maintenance work, Campus Police alerts)\
- System notifications
- Informal Notifications/Communications (meeting announcements, reservations, confirmations
- Drafts. Draft emails, draft documents
- Requests for general information. What are your office hours? What is your phone number/ mailbox/ office number? What’s the application deadline?
- Calendar invitations, acceptances, meeting announcements, meeting agendas and other scheduling. This includes Zoom Meeting invitations
- Brainstorming and collaborating. Delete once they have served their purpose. These could be in SharePoint, Teams, emails, Google Drive, OneDrive etc.
- Organizing/Monitoring Work in Progress. Delete once they have served their purpose. These could be on Excel, Microsoft Project, Google Sheets, calendar reminders, notes, tasks, etc.
- Lists and logs. These can include membership lists, contact information, office birthdays.
- Duplicates. Extra copies of correspondence, forms, reports, exports/printouts from a master file.
- Published Reference Materials. Delete as soon as they have served their purpose.
- When deleting Emails on your smartphone, be sure to swipe to Delete. Do not swipe to Archive. Go back later and Delete from your Deleted folder.
- Deleted Items. Empty your Deleted Items folder. Empty your computer's Recycle Bin folder.
- Personal emails unrelated to EWU business (Amazon orders, Christmas cards, personal appointments)
Frequently Asked Questions
|Accuracy, Durability, & Permanence
|Powers & Duties of the State Archivist
|Archives - Access to Records
|Powers & Duties of the State Records Committee
|Custody of Public Records
|Preservation & Destruction of Public Records
|Preservation of Electronic Records
|Reproducted Records for Governments & Business
|Methods of Records Disposal