April 2010 Newsletter

Personnel and Payroll Record Retention Update

You may recall from February’s newsletter that discussions were being held regarding a change to the retention period for Personnel and Payroll Records.  The Office of the General Counsel and I have discussed these changes with Human Resources, Academic Affairs, and Payroll.  As detailed earlier in the DePaul Records Management blog, the retention period for most personnel and payroll related records has been updated from 3 years from the date of termination to 6 years from the date of termination.  Please see the blog post for more detailed information as to which Records Groups this affects.  Not all of these Records Groups may pertain to you.  However, if you are in Human Resources, Academic Affairs, Payroll, or any other department that keeps staff, faculty or student personnel files, including official employment applications, then you are affected by this new retention period.  If you are one of the departments listed and you have not yet been contacted directly by me or by the Office of the General Counsel regarding this change, you will be soon.

In the mean time, please adjust any practices that may have been based on the prior 3 year retention period.  If you  have any questions or concerns regarding this change, please contact me.

Records Coordinator Appreciation Breakfast

I also want to say thank you to everyone who attended the breakfast.  Over 20 of you enjoyed food, goodie bags, and learning some tips and tricks for dealing with an overflowing Outlook Inbox.  Regardless of whether or not you were able to attend, if you’re interested in  having me present this or any other records management information to your department, don’t hesitate to ask.  I’m always willing to take my show on the road.

In addition, if you are not currently listed as your department’s Records Coordinator and you think you should be, contact me.  You don’t want to miss out on next year’s breakfast!

Shredding Statistics

Below are the shredding totals for the month of March 2010.  In addition, Procurement has been keeping track of the total amount of paper shredded and recycled since we started using R4 Services in June 2009.  For complete statistics, check out their website.

Pounds Collected from Executive Consoles


Pounds Collected from 95-gallon bins


Pounds Collected from Boxes


Total Pounds Collected


Tons Recycled After Shredding


Environmental Savings

29 Trees

11,792 Gallons of Water

312 Gallons of Gas

101 Pounds of Air Pollution

5.56 Cubic Yards of Landfill Space

6,906 Kilowatt Hours of Energy


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