Colleges often receive subpoenas for documents. Failure to respond to a subpoena may potentially result in the individual subpoenaed being held in contempt of court, so it is important to handle them quickly.
Custodians for records should follow the Subpoena Processing Flowchart [PDF] to process subpoenas without the need to consult with legal counsel. The Subpoena Processing Flowchart includes links to form letters used to respond in various circumstances. In many cases, attorneys also will subpoena the custodian of records to testify. Witness testimony is unnecessary if the records are authenticated. Please use the Authentication of Records [PDF] form to authenticate employment and education records.
Custodians of records may receive requests for student records from attorneys that include the written and signed consent of the student. In these cases, it is unnecessary to process the request as a subpoena. The records should be provided immediately.
For questions about processing subpoenas, please contact Yovana Burns at firstname.lastname@example.org or 703.425.5402.