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Can't respond to all parts of the question, but I'd note that the
University of Tennessee, likewise a public institution, has "termination
plus 50 years." The theory is twofold: 1) an employee might terminate at
age 25 and come back as an employee ten years later [just reconstitute the
file as it was at termination], 2) there's an interest, paternalistic
perhaps, in making sure that the person's family receives any and all
benefits to which they are entitled. Naturally, the records are
filmed--about 18 months after termination to let the file stablize.

Folks in the private sector would smile at this retention practice. It's
just based on two entirely different philosophies.

Mike

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