Office of General Counsel

Freedom of Information Act

Notice to the Public Regarding Requests for Documents Under the South Carolina Freedom of Information Act

Below is a link to the Clemson University Policy on Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) requests. Please read it carefully. It is Clemson University’s goal to provide accurate and timely responses to all requests for documents under the FOIA.  However, please understand that Clemson University is a large institution. If you send your request to the wrong department, if your request is extensive, or if your request is complicated and/or calls for documents from many offices across campus it may take days or even weeks to collect, copy and produce the requested records. In an attempt to get the requests to the right person as quickly as possible, we have provided a link to a list of appointed FOIA contacts for each budget center on campus.

Please note that responding to FOIA requests can be a time-consuming and costly task for the University. Therefore, we will charge the following fees related to FOIA requests:

  • A photocopy fee of not more than $0.25 per page (NOTE: actual costs may be charged for special copy needs such as blueprints); and
  • One $5 retrieval fee per FOIA request; or
  • If an extensive search is required to locate the documents, the actual cost for the lowest-paid employee qualified to locate and produce the requested records. This charge will be calculated by multiplying the hourly rate of the employee by the amount of time needed to locate and produce the records.

Also identified below is a link to Clemson’s policy on the South Carolina Family Privacy Protection Act, which is administered by the Office of Institutional Research.

If you should have any questions regarding an FOIA request or the response you receive, please contact the Office of General Counsel at 864-656-3414 or the Office of Public Affairs at 864-656-4233.

For more information, please visit:

Clemson University Policy on Freedom of Information Act Requests
List of FOIA Agents
Additional Information Regarding the Freedom of Information Act
Clemson University Family Privacy Protection Act Policy