Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

August 8th, 2015 by Tina Jajdelski

Colorado Open Records Act (CORA)

The Open Records Act, C.R.S. 24-72-201, et. seq., provides that all public records are open to public inspection except as may be separated by law. It is our policy to make public records available for public inspection at reasonable times unless such records are protected from disclosure by law, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). There are fees associated with requests for copies or requests that require school resources to provide.

Redundant, frequent, arbitrary, or irrational requests perceived to intentionally disrupt the conduct of routine school business shall be denied. If a court finds that the denial of the right to inspect was proper and the action was frivolous, vexatious, or groundless, court costs and reasonable attorney fees may be awarded to the custodian (school).

Colorado Open Records Fee Policy

In order to pay for the cost of staff, custodians of public records within the organization may charge for research and retrieval time necessary to respond to requests for records under the Colorado Open Records Act (“CORA”).  Pursuant to C.R.S. §24-72-205(6), effective July 1, 2014, staff time will be charged at the rate of $30.00 per hour and $0.25 per page.  There shall be no charge for the first hour of time for research and retrieval of records.

When the school receives a CORA request, the custodian may estimate the research and retrieval time it will take to research and retrieve the records requested.  The estimate of time and the appropriate fee may be provided to the requestor before work is performed, to determine if the requestor seeks to move forward with his/her request, understanding the associated cost. Requestors agree to pay a non-refundable 50% deposit prior to compilation of records, as well as final costs before receipt of documents.  A refund will be given if the actual cost is less than the deposit.