How do I know if my records are active or inactive?
The Department of Distinctive Collections, in accordance with MIT Policy, can help you determine what types of records you have and how long they should be retained.
Records should only be stored through the Records Management Program after they have become inactive. Inactive records are files that you are no longer using to do daily business transactions. The Records Management Program is not for general office storage of active records because all records in the Records Management Program must have a destruction date.
There are three things that can be done with “inactive records” in accordance with MIT policies 13.3. and 13.4:
MIT Libraries, Guidance for clearing out office files prior to moving spaces 2019 March