Records Management Policy

Responsibility for policy: University Librarian
Approving authority: Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic
Last reviewed: July 2014
Next review date: July 2019

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  1. This policy applies to all staff of the University of Waikato.


  1. The purpose of this policy is to:
    1. set out a framework of principles and responsibilities for ensuring that the University's records are maintained and managed in accordance with legislative requirements, and
    2. establish responsibilities and accountabilities for staff with respect to records management.

Related documents

  1. This policy should be read in conjunction with the following:

Related legislation

  1. This policy takes account of the following legislation:


  1. In this policy:

    record means information, whether in its original form or otherwise, including (without limitation) a document, a signature, a seal, text, images, sound, speech, or data created, received and maintained by, or on behalf of, the University of Waikato in the conduct of its affairs, which may be compiled, recorded, or stored, as the case may be:

    1. in written form on any material
    2. on film, negative, tape, or other medium so as to be capable of being reproduced, or
    3. by means of any recording device or process, computer, or other electronic device or process.

    record excludes:

    • learning, assessment and research materials generated by students, including raw data, analysed data, working notes and publications
    • teaching and research materials generated by staff, including raw data, analysed data, working notes and publications.


  1. All staff must adhere to the University's Records Management Procedures which take account of the following principles:
    1. Staff must create records to document substantive activities and administrative and business transactions involving the University.
    2. University record keeping and management processes must comply with all relevant legislation.
    3. Records created or received as part of university business are the property of the University of Waikato, regardless of physical location, source or medium.
    4. Records created by independent contractors on behalf of the University are the property of the University of Waikato unless there is an explicit agreement between the parties specifying any exclusion.
    5. The full and unalterable form of a record must be stored and managed in the appropriate electronic or hard copy records system with appropriate contextual information.
    6. Records that have been defined as confidential must be protected from unauthorised access, use and disclosure.
    7. Document owners must classify any record's access restrictions at creation and on revision.
    8. All records must be secured against unauthorised access, theft and vandalism to ensure their authenticity and integrity.
    9. Records must be retained and properly preserved in an accessible format in accordance with the General Disposal Authority for New Zealand Universities (GDA).
    10. Disposal of records must be authorised and managed in accordance with security and environmental requirements.
    11. Records identified as having long-term value under the GDA must be managed in ways that support their ongoing maintenance and accessibility.
    12. A record becomes an archived record when it is no longer in current use or when it has been in existence for 25 years or more.
    13. Archived records must be classified as either open or restricted access.


  1. The University Librarian is responsible for:
    1. establishing the University's Records Management Procedures
    2. implementing the University's Records Management Procedures
    3. developing record management training programmes and ensuring that all relevant staff receive appropriate recordkeeping training
    4. developing and implementing auditing processes and monitoring recordkeeping systems to ensure compliance and efficiency
    5. ensuring that restrictions on access to any records are applied as assigned by the document owners
    6. appraising records items for historical or archival value in accordance with the University's Records Management Procedures
    7. controlling access to, and use of, archived records.
  2. Deans, Directors and equivalent are responsible for ensuring records management practices within the relevant Faculty/Division or equivalent comply with the Records Management Policy including the University's Records Management Procedures.
  3. The Council Secretary is responsible for ensuring that Council processes comply with this policy.
  4. Line managers are responsible for:
    1. ensuring that their staff comply with the Records Management Policy including the University's Records Management Procedures
    2. assigning recordkeeping responsibilities in their area of responsibility
    3. ensuring that appropriate records are created and maintained for their areas of responsibility
    4. ensuring that their staff have adequate training in the systems they use to manage records
    5. ensuring that no records are destroyed, altered, sold or transferred without the appropriate authorisation under the University's Record Management Procedures.
  5. Job managers for independent contractors are responsible for ensuring that independent contractors comply with the University's Record Management Procedures in relation to the contracted work.
  6. The Director of Facilities Management is responsible for:
    1. storing records not in active use until they can be disposed of, or archived, in accordance with the University's Records Management Procedures
    2. maintaining and storing archived records to the appropriate standard and in accordance with the Public Records Act requirements until they are transferred to Archives New Zealand, and
    3. transferring archived records to Archives New Zealand in accordance with the University's Records Management Procedures.

Responsibility for monitoring compliance

  1. The University Librarian is responsible for monitoring compliance with this policy, by way of an annual report to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic.
  2. Breaches of this policy must be reported to the Deputy Vice-Chancellor Academic, and may result in disciplinary action under the Staff Code of Conduct.

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