Electronic records have the same record series and retention as their paper version. When determining how long to keep information, it's content - not format - that matters.

What is a record? Any information created or received by the University of Washington is considered a record, regardless of physical form or characteristic. This means electronic records including emails, websites, Excel and Word documents, databases, texts, social media posts, etc., must also be retained according to a legally approved records retention schedule.

Questions? Check our Electronic Records FAQ or send us an e-mail.