First Year Experience - Resources
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students
certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records
within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students
should submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s)
they wish to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and
notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected
- The right to challenge the content of the student’s education
records and to ask the University to amend a record the student believes
is inaccurate or misleading. Students should write the University official
responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they
want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University
decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University
will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or
her right to a hearing on the matter.
Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a representative of an approval or accrediting agency; a person employed by or under contract to the University to perform a special task, such as the attorney or auditor. A record of disclosures will be maintained by the appropriate office and may be reviewed by the student.
The University may disclose certain personally identifiable information, designated as directory information, concerning students in attendance. The following categories of information have been designated as directory information: the student’s name, address, e-mail address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degrees and awards received, and the most recent previous educational institution attended. Any student who does not wish directory information released must so inform the Vice President for Student Services in writing within 30 days after commencement of the Fall semester. In any event, the University may disclose directory information from the record of an individual who is no longer in attendance at the University without public notice or prior permission.
The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint
concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements
of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. The name and address
of the office that administers FERPA is: Family Policy Compliance Office,
U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington,
DC, 20202-4605. The entirety of the Release of Student Information
Policy prepared for compliance with the Act is available in the office
of the registrar.
-2008-2009 University Catalog