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Information not considered “Sensitive” is in two tiers.

Tier 0 is information that is intended for publication.

Examples include:

  • News releases
  • public-facing department web pages
  • Clery Reports
  • the University Directory
  • pamphlets
  • newsletters
  • posters
  • promotional materials for conferences and other events.

To identify Tier 0 information, a good rule of thumb is to ask the question “was this created to be widely available to the public, or has it already been made widely available to the public?”

Tier 1 is a large category of information that is not typically published (on a public-facing web page for example) but that wouldn’t be withheld from a public records request or even from a casual request for the information in most cases. Tier 1 is the information we use to do our work every day.

Examples include:

  • meeting notes
  • event planning documents
  • most email communications
  • contact lists
  • most budget records and reports
  • catalogs and other advertisements received in the mail
  • grant proposals (once the grant is complete).

Tier 1 information is anything that is not Tier 0 (it wasn’t created specifically to be published widely) and is not Sensitive (Tier 2/3). Tier 1 is anything that would be released responding to a public records request. Typically if there is no rule, regulation, contract term, or policy limiting who you can share something with, then it is likely to be Tier 1.