At its meeting on April 3, 1978, the Faculty Senate requested the University Committee, in conjunction with the Administration, to develop a policy statement to govern faculty personnel records at the departmental level. An ad hoc committee was appointed jointly by the University Committee and the Administration to help work toward such a policy statement, and it submitted a report on January 18, 1979. The following statement of policy is drawn from the majority view in that report. Law and legal interpretation in the area of personnel records are subject to frequent change. This statement addresses the general principles that should govern university policy within the scope of the law as we currently understand it. It is intended to provide guidance to departments and to individual faculty members on how personnel files are to be maintained and on the rights and limits of access to them.