Sample Email Requesting Records Under the New York State Freedom of Information Law (FOIL)
This is a draft of an email message that may be used to request records or information from SUNY Plattsburgh.
This form language is optional but may enhance your use of the Freedom of Information Law. You may choose to utilize certain portions that are most applicable to your request. You may cut and paste the entire form into a new email, read all provisions, and delete and/or modify those that do not apply.
Please send your email to Sean Dermody, Records Access Officer, email@example.com and include in your subject line of your request "FOIL Request".
REQUEST FOR RECORDS BY EMAIL*
Dear Records Access Officer:
(1) Please email the following records if possible [Include as much detail about the record as possible, such as relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.]:
(2) Please advise me of the appropriate time during normal business hours for inspecting the following records prior to obtaining copies [Include as much detail about the records as possible, including relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.]:
(3) Please inform me of the cost of providing paper copies of the following records [Include as much detail about the records as possible, including relevant dates, names, descriptions, etc.].
(4) If all the requested records cannot be emailed to me, please inform me by email of the portions that can be emailed and advise me of the cost for reproducing the remainder of the records requested ($0.25 per page or actual cost of reproduction).
(5) If the requested records cannot be emailed to me due to the volume of records identified in response to my request, please advise me of the actual cost of copying all records onto a CD or floppy disk.
(6) If my request is too broad or does not reasonably describe the records, please contact me via email so that I may clarify my request, and when appropriate inform me of the manner in which records are filed, retrieved or generated. If it is necessary to modify my request, and an email response is not preferred, please contact me at the following telephone number: _____________.
If for any reason any portion of my request is denied, please inform me of the reasons for the denial in writing and provide the name, address and email address of the person or body to whom an appeal should be directed.
Address [If records are to be mailed].
* Please fill in the areas above that are in underlined and then send it to Sean Dermody, Records Access Officer, via email: firstname.lastname@example.org
If you have any questions regarding the College's policy on the Freedom of Information Law, please contact:
Records Access Officer
Phone: (518) 564-2539
State University of New York College at Plattsburgh
101 Broad St.
Plattsburgh, NY 12901