Employee Records

Georgia Tech Human Resources Records Department maintains the employment records for all affiliates, faculty, staff, student, and retirees who are documented in the Human Resources Management System, PeopleSoft.

The employee records consist of paper, microfiche, and electronic and are stored in a restricted area within Human Resources. These records are the property of Georgia Tech. See services provided below.

Employment Verification

To help make employment verification easier, Georgia Tech has partnered with The Work Number®, an automated service that protects your personal information during the verification process. This secure service is used when you apply for a mortgage or loan, a job, lease an apartment or any other instance where proof of employment or income is needed.

Review Personnel File

The employee file in Human Resources is the official employment file that contains the history of the employment relationship from employment application through employment termination. Only Human Resources staff and the employee’s immediate supervisor/manager may have access to the information. The official documentation never leaves the employee’s file. Copies may be requested. Any discrepancies in the employee file should be initially directed to the employee’s hiring manager/department. The hiring manager/department should forward updated documents to the Records Room. Learn about access and restrictions below.

Legal Request

As a state university, Georgia Tech is subject to the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act (ORA). The ORA states that all citizens are entitled to view the records of state agencies on request and to make copies for a fee.

Policies

Georgia Tech Human Resources works to ensure that employees' files are accurate, relevant, and safe from improper disclosure. Federal and state legislative laws require certain information be gathered and maintained in employee files.

As a University System of Georgia (USG) institution, Georgia Tech follows the established Records Retention Guidelines provided by USG, which identify the retention type, period, reasoning, and disposition information.

The Institute follows the official USG Records Retention guidelines. See this clearly defined plan for a record retention schedules for reference.

Forms

  • The Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) Program forgives the remaining balance on your Direct Loans after you have made 120 qualifying monthly payments under a qualifying repayment plan while working full-time for a qualifying employer. Access the form. (If your loan is private and not a federal loan, contact your service loan vendor.)
  • Federally-employed Special agents may visit the Records Department to view employee files.

The Records Department

 
Services Provided
  • Maintains Personnel Records — Georgia Tech Human Resources Records Department maintains a personnel file for each employee of the institution. The official records of employment include New Hire Documents; Employee Exit Check List; Personal Service Form (PSF); and records relating to benefits enrollment forms, job offers, offer letters, pay and compensation information, personal data form, and records relating to other employment practices.
  • Responds to Records Request As a state university, Georgia Tech is subject to the provisions of the Georgia Open Records Act (ORA).
    • Access and restrictions to viewing records:
      • File reviews are by appointment only and require a 24-hour advance notice. You may email your request to any staff member in the Records Department.  File reviews can be initiated by an employee reviewing their personnel file.
      • Department managers/supervisors are allowed to review the performance reviews of their direct reports.
      • Department managers, HR Business Partners/Representatives, and supervisors are allowed to review the performance reviews of job applicants external to their department upon consideration of being hired.
      • HR Representatives are permitted to review files of the employees within the unit they represent.
      • In all cases, photo identification must be presented at the time of the review and a Records staff member will monitor the review process to ensure the integrity of the file.
      • An employee may obtain copies of documents from their personnel file. There is no charge for the first 10 pages, but there is a $0.25 fee per additional page, payable only by check made to the order of Georgia Tech.
  • Provides Separation Notices This notice is issued to all separated employees of Georgia Tech stating the reason for separation and length of employment. These notices are sent out via mail twice a month, on the 15th and the last day of the month.