Archives and Records Management (ARM)



As a public body, Dawson College is subject to the Archives Act CQLR c A-21.1 which sets out effective records management requirements. The college’s archives and records management service ensures that the college’s documents and records are organized, retained, secured, and disposed of in compliances with applicable legislation, the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ) approved retention schedule, and internal policies.

Retention Schedule & Policies

The principal tool of the college’s records management program is the Dawson College Retention Schedule which indicates how long records must be kept as well as their final disposition (conservation or destruction). Retention rules apply to all official records, in both paper and electronic formats.

Records Management Policy.

This policy addresses the roles and responsibilities around records management, as well as sets a framework for effective recordkeeping for all college employees.

Policy on Records Digitization

This policy provides a structure for digitization projects as well as a list of quality control checks and technical requirements necessary before the destruction of records in paper format.
All digitization projects require the completion of the Digitization Form.

Helpful Resources

Naming Conventions

The proper naming of files and documents is essential in ensuring that all employees can locate files quickly and easily. The naming guidelines were developed to create consistency in the naming of records throughout the college.

Remote Work Guidelines

Telework requires specific measures to ensure that information is stored securely and efficiently. These guidelines will help you organize your documents while working from home.

Use the following flow charts to help you determine if your files are considered college records or to determine if your records are ready for destruction.

Destroying Records Record Identification


Set up a meeting with the archivist. The archivist can provide training sessions to help units organize paper and electronic documents. As well as provide tips for effective recordkeeping and tools for using the Records Retention Schedule.

Retention periods for all the college’s records are listed in the Retention Schedule. These periods have been established in accordance with laws and regulation and approved by the Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec (BAnQ).

The retention schedule provides information on primary copy owners. If your unit is not listed as the primary office of responsibility, you are likely a secondary copy holder and should follow the secondary copy retention period.

The retention schedule is frequently updated and adapted to reflect the reality of the college. If there is no retention rule applicable to your document please contact the archivist.

Last Modified: February 13, 2024