Chats are informal communications that may document the brainstorming and collaborating process, organizing/monitoring work in progress, or informal notifications/communications which are transitory in nature. This activity can occur in Microsoft Teams Chats, Chat messages posted in Microsoft Teams meetings, Slack, Discord, etc.

Note: This does not include Microsoft Teams channels' general posts nor private posts.

Official Copy: Any Office
Retention: No longer than 30 days after Date of Creation
Disposition Method: Delete

Note: Chat platforms are not appropriate for substantive information. Any chats used to document substantive communications must be exported and managed outside the instant messaging platform and retained based on the function and content of the record. Review the UW General Records Retention Schedule to find the appropriate records series to apply.