FERPA – Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

As custodian of student records in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, amended in 1998, the university assumes the trust and obligation to ensure the full protection of student records, which includes maintaining the confidentiality of educational records.

The university has developed policy guidelines for access to educational records with respect to the rights of eligible students and parents of dependent eligible students. Educational records maintained by the university are considered confidential, except for directory information and information that is exempt from the need for consent.

Information that may be disclosed may be released publicly in verbal, printed, electronic, or other form.

The administrative procedures outlined in this section are to be complied with by university personnel who have or accumulate educational records, which are in a personally identifiable form.

Students may direct questions regarding FERPA and the regulations to the Registrar and the Dean of Students.

Student records maintained by the university fall into two general categories: directory information and educational records.

*Concerning student-athletes: It has been determined, via the need-to-know element within FERPA, that the Athletic Events & Compliance Coordinator can receive information regarding all conduct matters involving student-athletes.

Directory Information
Educational records
Exceptions to prior consent

Rights under FERPA

Students have the following rights regarding directory information and educational records:

Right to inspect and review educational records,
Right to seek to amend records.
Right to have records released to a third party.
Right to have some control over the disclosure of information from educational records.
Right to request that directory information not be made public.
Right to waive access to records.
Right to file a complaint.