Academic Privacy Rights

Academic Privacy and Educational Rights

The University adheres to the mandates of the United States Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

The student has the right to inspect and review his or her educational record within 45 days of the University receiving a written request for access. Students must submit this written request to the appropriate Dean identifying the records they wish to inspect, who will then notify the students of the time and place where the record may be inspected.

Students have the right to request an amendment to his/her educational records. Students may write to the Appropriate Dean to identify the part of the record they wish to have corrected and specify why it is inaccurate.

If the University decides not to make the requested amendment, it notifies the student and advises the student of his/her right to a hearing. The University provides additional information about the hearing with the notification.

The student has the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in his/ her educational record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interest. A school official is   a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the

University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as the Professional Standards or Grievance Committee, or assisting another school official in performing his/her tasks.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if she/he needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his/her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University may disclose directory information from educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks to enroll or attend.

Information to be Disclosed

The University may disclose the following “directory” information without prior approval from the student: Name, address and telephone number; date and place of birth; dates of attendance and honors and awards.

A student who does not wish to have the above information released must advise the school in writing accordingly. A FERPA form must be filed with the Registrar’s Office.