Description of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of and limit access to student educational records. FERPA grants to students certain rights, privileges and protections relative to the identifiable information contained within their educational records maintained by the University. Specifically:
- Students have some control over the disclosure of information. A student’s educational records (with the exception of directory information) will be released to third parties outside the University only with the consent of the student.
- Students have the right to inspect, review and request amendment of their educational records.
- Students have the right to challenge information contained within their educational records.
- Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe their rights under FERPA are violated.
Educational records covered by FERPA include grades, housing information, financial status, results of disciplinary proceedings, etc. FERPA does not apply to Medical, Disability and Counseling records, which are confidential and protected.
FERPA permits the release of directory-type information to third parties outside the institution without written consent. Students may file a request for non-disclosure of Student Directory Information, meaning no information, including directory information, will be released, except as required by law by emailing: email@example.com. This means that the University cannot verify enrollment and degrees earned requests from potential employers or insurance companies. Requests from the student for Enrollment Verifications or Transcripts may be honored regardless of the hold with verified student authorization. Requests for non-disclosure remain in effect even after graduation and may be rescinded with a verified signature. For students who have rescinded their Non-disclosure and left the University, it can only be reinstated if the individual re-enrolls.