Public Records



By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA), every person has the right to inspect public records of Santa Fe Community College. The Act also makes compliance with requests to inspect public records an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of Santa Fe Community College.

Procedure for submitting requests to inspect public records:

A person desiring to inspect public records may submit a request to the records custodian orally or in writing. However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the Act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request. Written requests may be submitted in person or sent via US mail, email or facsimile. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.

The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than 15 calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within 15 calendar days after the records custodian received the request for inspection.

Requests to inspect public records should be submitted to:

Todd Lovato, Executive Director of Marketing and Public Relations
Records Custodian
Santa Fe Community College
6401 Richards Avenue, Santa Fe, NM 87508
505-428-1217; Fax: 505-428-1450; email:

Procedures for requesting copies and fees:

If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of a public record, a reasonable fee may be charged. The fee for documents shall be $1/page. The records custodian may request that applicable fees for copying public records be paid in advance, before the copies are made. A receipt indicating that the fees have been paid for making copies of public records will be provided upon request to the person requesting the copies.

Downloadable Compliance Guides:

Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance Guide
This guide is aimed to inform the public, state and local government agencies, and all other public bodies subject to the Act about the Act’s requirements and application.

IPRA Checklist
The IPRA Checklist provides important details about the Inspection of Public Records Act to help local governments, members of government boards and commissions, and the general public understand New Mexico’s open government laws.