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Personnel records are the records maintained by employers such as colleges or universities to document the employment history of individual employees. Personnel records can be in any form, such as paper, electronic, and audio or video files in a variety of formats. What establishes the nature of personnel files is the quality of the information in them, not their physical nature. In other words, personnel files are important more for the information they contain than for the form they take, whether written or electronic. Personnel records may include application materials, college transcripts, resumes or curriculum vitae, evaluation and merit materials, tenure and promotion files, and disciplinary information about individual employees. Traditionally, personnel files have been considered to be property of employers, information maintained in them ...

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