Records Management & Retention

The University follows the records retention schedules set forth by the State of Tennessee Records Management Division, as approved by the State's Public Records Commission.  To comply with the procedures of the Records Management Division, MTSU has established the following:

  • Designation of a Records Officer
  • Records Coordinators for each University Division/unit
  • Annual records destruction events
  • Records destruction procedures
  • An internal Records Retention Database

In addition, the State's records classifications and retention schedules have been condensed into a single document for MTSU use entitled, “Records Classification Guide” with a list of the record types most applicable to the University.  The Records Classification Guide provides a description of the record type; the corresponding State classification number (RDA, SW, or SW-U number); the retention period; and a description of the ending action for the record (destruction or to keep permanently).  As new Classifications are created and/or updated by the State’s Records Management Division that are applicable to the University, the Records Classification Guide will be updated.

The following is a list of documents and resources to assist the MTSU community with the maintenance, retention, and disposal of certain records.  Updates to this section will occur as State record classification number updates occur.

For additional information regarding records retention schedules, or for assistance with questions regarding records destruction or records maintenance, please contact the Records Officer at