Subpoenas

The Office of the General Counsel analyzes the enforceability of a subpoena under the requirements of Rule 176 of the Texas Rules of Civil Procedure. Such requirements include, but are not limited to, the subpoena being issued in the name of “The State of Texas,” identifying the person (or Custodian of Record/University of Houston campus) to whom the subpoena is directed, etc.

Please note that the release of educational records is subject to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, 20 U.S.C. 1232g (FERPA) (commonly known as the “Buckley Amendment”), and Sections 552.026 and 552.114 of the Texas Government Code. These laws require the University to notify the student prior to complying with a lawfully issued subpoena for student records.  The University will attempt to contact the student and/or student’s attorney via letter, allowing 14 days from the date of the letter for the student and/or student’s attorney to file a motion to quash the subpoena.

Note that there is an exception to the above-mentioned notice requirement where the subpoena is issued by a law enforcement agency, such as a grand jury, the District Attorney’s Office, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, etc., and the subpoena specifically orders that notice not be given to the student as it may impede law enforcement.

Please note that medical records will not be released without a fully authorized Medical Records Release. 


Campus/Department Contact Information

University of Houston

Custodian of Records - Educational
Registration and Academic Records
102 E Cullen Building
Houston, TX  77204-2027
Fax (713) 743-9050

Custodian of Records - Personnel
Human Resources
347 McElhinney
Houston, TX  77240

University of Houston - Clear Lake

Custodian of Records - Educational
Academic Records
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX  77058
Fax (281) 283-2530

Custodian of Records - Personnel/Payroll
Human Resources
2700 Bay Area Blvd.
Houston, TX  77058
Fax (281) 226-7279

University of Houston - Downtown

Custodian of Records - Educational
Registrar's Office
One Main Street, STE N330
Houston, TX  77002
Fax (713) 226-5268

Custodian of Records - Personnel/Payroll
One Main Street, STE S910
Houston, TX  77002
Fax (713) 226-5256

University of Houston - Victoria

Custodian of Records - Educational
Office of Admissions and Records
3007 N. Ben Wilson
Victoria, TX  77901-5731
Fax (361) 580-5500

Custodian of Records - Personnel/Payroll
Human Resources
3007 N. Ben Wilson STE 117
Victoria, TX  77901
Fax (361) 580-5509