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Texas Southern University is a governmental body subject to Texas Government Code, Chapter 552, (the Texas Public Information Act), which gives the public a right of access to information collected, assembled, maintained, owned or controlled by a governmental body  in connection with the transaction of official business (public information).  The Texas Public Information Act does not require that a governmental body disclose information that has not yet been recorded.  Therefore, governmental bodies are not mandated to create or make a record that did not exist at the time of the request.  Certain exceptions may apply to the disclosure of the information.   Governmental bodies shall promptly release requested information that is not confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision, or information for which an exception to disclosure has not been sought.  "Promptly" means a reasonable amount of time which may vary depending on the the facts of the case and the volume of information, although most records are provided within ten business days. An officer for public information and the officer’s agent may not ask why you want the information. 

To request public information from Texas Southern University, submit your request in writing to:

Office of General Counsel Texas Southern University 
Office of General Counsel
Texas Southern UniversityBy mail: 3100 Cleburne, Houston, Texas 77004
By fax: (713)313-1906
In person: Hannah Hall, Suite 310
By email: legalgeneralcounsel@tsu.edu. A sample Open Records Request Form can be found here.

For complaints about failure to release public information, contact the Open Records Division of the Attorney General's Office.

  • You may also contact the Office of the Attorney General Open Records Hotline at (512) 478-6736 or toll free at (877) 673-6839
  • For complaints regarding overcharges, contact the Cost Rules Administrator of the Open Records Division at Office of the Attorney General, P.O. Box 12548, Austin, Texas 78711-2548, Phone 512-475-2497 or toll free 888-672-6787


For more information on the Public Information Act, see the Texas Attorney General's website at https://www.texasattorneygeneral.gov/og/how-to-request-public-information

Texas Southern University's Open Records Policy -MAPP 08.03.01