Public Records

In compliance with the Open Public Records Act of July 2002, enacted to give the public greater access to government records maintained by New Jersey public agencies, Brookdale records are available to you.

Brookdale Board of Trustees Policy 2.0002 and Board of Trustees Regulation 2.0002R detail the establishment of a Public Records Custodian at the College, responsible for developing and supervising the process by which members of the public may obtain Brookdale records.

The full text of our Notice of Right to Access follows:

The New Jersey Public Access to Government Records Act N.J.S.A. 47:1A-1 et. seq. (the “Act”) requires that the College grant members of the public access to government records as defined in the Act. The Act safeguards from disclosure proprietary and private records and information.

Requests for records should be made to Brookdale’s Public Records Custodian Robert Francis (732-224-2223) or e-mail  His office is on the second floor of the Brookdale Administrative Center (BAC), Parking Lot #3.

Requestors must fill out a form specific to their request, which is available in the Office of the President or here as a PDF form

Requests for government records may be made anonymously.

Upon payment of the applicable fee, the College is required to make government records available within the following time periods:

Immediate access will be provided to budgets, bills, vouchers, contracts, including collective negotiations agreements, individual employment contracts, and public employee salary and overtime information. Immediate access will be provided as soon as reasonably possible following receipt of the request if the record is not being used and is not in archive storage.

Not later than seven (7) business days after receiving the records request, access will be granted or denied to all other government records provided record is currently available, not in use and not in storage or archived. Failure of the Custodian of Government Records to respond within seven business days after receiving a request is deemed a denial, unless the requestor has elected not to provide a name, address or telephone number, or other means of contacting the requestor, in which case the Custodian of Government Records shall not be required to respond until the requestor reappears before the Custodian seeking a response to the original request.

The requestor is entitled to be advised in advance of the estimated amount of fees and charges to be imposed by the College for the reproduction costs and other special services requested.

Contact Brookdale’s Public Records Custodian, Robert Francis, at (732) 224-2223 or e-mail 

View/print the Open Public Records Request Form.

Right of Appeal

A person who is denied access to a government record by the Custodian, at the option of the requestor may institute a proceeding challenging the Custodian’s decision by

(1) filing a complaint with the Government Records Council, NJ Division of Local Government Services by telephone, (609) 292-4584; fax (609) 292-9073 or by emal 

(2) filing an action in the Superior Court, Monmouth County Courthouse, Freehold, NJ.

About OPRA

Any member of the public has the right under OPRA to examine or obtain copies of those public records that are not subject to exceptions from disclosure.

A government record is a physical record that has a government purpose.

Under OPRA a record may be any paper, written or printed book, document, drawing, map, plan, photograph, microfilm, data-processed or image-processed document, information stored or maintained electronically or by sound recording.

Government records may be seen and copied from a records custodian at a municipal building, or board of education, and from records custodians at other levels of government such as your county, state agencies, and local, county and state authorities.

Each public agency will have a form available to request access to records. It must be filled out properly to allow you access to the record.

Visit the Government Records Council website at