Freedom of Information Act
On April 5, 2020, Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-38 which relaxes requirements for responding to FOIA requests made by mail or fax during the COVID-19 emergency. OCC will continue to respond to FOIA requests as expeditiously as possible and, to the extent practicable, by using electronic means. The Executive Order takes effect immediately and ends on June 4, 2020. The Order protects workers who handle FOIA requests by allowing public bodies to defer portions of requests that would require workers to report to work in-person. In accordance with Executive Order 2020-38, FOIA requests submitted after April 6, 2020 will be handled as follows:
- Responses to requests will be issued within 10 business days after the receipt of the request. For purposes of this Order, actual receipt of a request occurs when an employee of OCC physically opens the envelope containing the request, removes a faxed request from a fax machine or reads the email containing the request.
- If a public records request requires in-person efforts such as in-person search, inspection, examination, preparation, or production of public records, OCC may defer that portion of the request until the expiration of the Executive Order or any order that follows from it. The reason for the deferral must be explained in the response.
- If OCC defers a portion of the request pursuant to this Order, the requestor may inform OCC in writing that the requestor is amending its request to exclude the deferred portion of the request so OCC may more promptly process the request. The requestor must be notified of its ability to amend the request in OCC’s response.
As a public institution in the state of Michigan, Oakland Community College is subject to provisions of the state's Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), Public Act 442 of 1976. Under FOIA, "all persons, except those persons incarcerated in state or local correctional facilities, are entitled to full and complete information regarding the affairs of government and the official acts of those who represent them as public officials and public employees."
OCC’s policy with respect to FOIA requests is to comply with State law and respond to each FOIA request in a consistent and fair manner. Please refer to OCC’s Freedom of Information Act Procedures, Guidelines and Written Public Summary for additional information.
Written requests may be submitted to OCC’s FOIA Coordinator in person or via U.S. mail, facsimile or electronic mail to:
Oakland Community College
Attention: FOIA Coordinator
2480 Opdyke Road
Bloomfield Hills, MI 48304-2266
Please include the words "FOIA" or "FOIA Request" in your communications to assist us in providing a prompt response. The following information about the requestor must also be included: first and last name, name of organization (if applicable), complete mailing address, phone number and email address.