Exemptions and Limitations
Some records are exempt from public disclosure law. Following are some common exemptions to records requested from the college:
RCW 5.60.060 (2) (a) protects communications between an attorney and the attorney’s client(s) for the purpose of obtaining or providing legal advice. The attorney-client privilege also protects communications within a client agency to gather information for obtaining legal advice or to convey attorney-client communications. Redacted records (or portions of records) are privileged attorney-client communications protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.070 (1) and 5.60.062 (2)(a).
Attorney Work Product
RCW 42.56.290 protects attorney work product, consisting of drafts, notes, memoranda, research, attorney-client communications, and other records prepared, collected, or assembled in litigation or in anticipation of litigation that reveal factual or investigative information or that reflect the opinions or mental impressions of an attorney or attorney's agent(s). Redacted records (or portions of records) consist of attorney work product protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
RCW 42.56.250 (2) protects applications for public employment, including the names of applicants, resumes, and other related materials submitted with respect to an applicant for public employment. Records (or portions of records) marked are public employee application materials protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.290.
Public Employees—Personal Information
RCW 42.56.250 (4) protects the personal addresses, phone numbers, email addresses, Social Security numbers, and emergency contact information of public employees and volunteers, as well as the names, birthdates, addresses, phone numbers, and Social Security numbers of dependents. Redacted records (or portions of records) are exempt from disclosure as personal employee information protected under RCW 42.56.250 (3).
Public Employees—Personnel File
RCW 42.56.250 (2), 42.56.230 (3) and 42.56.050 protect personal information in files maintained for public employees to the extent that disclosure would violate their right to privacy. Redacted records (or portions of records) are exempt from disclosure as containing private information in employee files protected under RCW 42.56.250 (2) and 42.56.050.
Personal Financial Information
RCW 42.56.230 (5) protects personal financial information, including credit/debit card numbers, electronic check numbers, credit expiration dates, or bank or other financial account numbers. Redacted records (or portions of records) are withheld as containing personal financial information protected under RCW 42.56.230 (5).
Social Security Numbers
Portions of public records marked are withheld as containing individual Social Security numbers protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.230 (5) and 5 U.S.C. § 552 (a).
RCW 42.56.420 (4) protects information regarding the infrastructure and security of computer and telecommunications networks, including security passwords, security access codes and programs, and access codes for secure software applications. Redacted records (or portions of records) are withheld as containing systems security information protected from disclosure under RCW 42.56.420 (4).
The Sunshine (Public Records Exemptions Accountability) Committee website provides a comprehensive list of public disclosure exemptions contained in the Revised Code of Washington.