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Records Management Information for VMI Employees

See left menu links under Records Management and consult our FAQ for detailed information.

Contact COL Diane Jacob  x7566 if you need help or have questions.


All faculty and staff have a responsibility to properly manage records created in the course of conducting Institute business. As a state agency, the Virginia Military Institute must comply with the requirements for records retention and disposition as governed by the provisions of the Virginia Public Records Act  (Code of Virginia). Records retention schedules and other regulations for all state agencies are created and maintained by the Library of Virginia. In addition, VMI-specific policy is stated in General Order 21 ; and other federal and state laws and regulations may apply.

Employees must consult the approved retention schedules before disposing of records. The required legal retention period must have been met; there can be no pending audits, litigation, or other holds on the records; AND you must complete a Certificate of Records Destruction.  This form must be signed by the department or unit head (or authorized designated person), and it must be submitted for approval to the Head of Archives and Records Management before any records are destroyed. 

Essential Information

  • Review the records retention schedules to determine how long records must be retained

  • Follow these instructions for completing the required Certificate of Records Destruction (RM3 form).   Records that meet the required retention period should be destroyed after the form has been completed and approved. Material requiring confidential destruction may be delivered to the VMI Archives for secure, on-site, bulk shredding if your department does not have bulk shredding capability in your building. (The Archives does not handle shredding for ROTC departments in Kilbourne Hall). Follow these instructions for transferring records.  

  • Email and electronic records use the same retention schedules and disposal form as paper records. It is the content of a record that determines its retention period; the format/medium is irrelevant. More information in our FAQ  

  • Non-current/inactive records of permanent historical, legal, administrative, or other long-term value should be transferred to the VMI Archives for preservation when they no longer serve a purpose in your office.  Contact the Archives before transferring.

What is Records Management?

  • The proper maintenance of currently active public records throughout their lifecycle
  • The proper disposition of public records that no longer serve administrative, legal, fiscal, or historical purposes
  • The preservation of permanent records. These are retained the VMI Archives once they are no longer active in the office of origin.