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Welcome to the Archives and Records Management Website!

Welcome to the Archives and Records Management

Information is a resource which must be managed, as the human, financial, material and property resources of any organization are managed. Records that relate to the operation and administration of the University are managed in accordance with the University Records Policy. The University Archives is the official repository for all University records of lasting value once they are no longer needed for current use.


  • records have value to the University;

  • records management is a management function;

  • records management retention and disposition schedules must be developed, implemented, and maintained;

  • employees involved in records creation have a valuable role in fulfilling the University’s records’ responsibilities; and

  • coaching and coordination for these processes is available.


We welcome your questions and comments.

What is a record?

A record is typically defined as "any information contained in any physical medium which is capable of preserving such" but this is not the same thing as an official business record. Official records are more typically defined by how they relate to the core activities of a business.


At KAUST, a University record is recorded information created or received by University employees undertaking University business and maintained as evidence of that activity. These official records exist in different formats (such as paper, digital, or audiovisual form) and provide proof of what happened, when it happened, or who made decisions. In other words, a University record may certify a transaction, become a receipt, set policy, or establish guidelines or procedure. Such records need to be maintained according to the University’s records retention and disposition schedules.


In contrast, a non-record is recorded information that is incidental to operations and of temporary value (e.g., duplicate copies of correspondence, duplicate copies of records used for short term reference purposes, blank forms, and transitory messages used primarily for the informal communication of information, etc.). Non-records should only be retained for as long as they are needed operationally.

University Archivist / Records Manager (Acting)

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Chris Graves
Bldg 12, Rm. 2129