The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) contains several provisions that are important to students:
- The university may not release personally identifiable student records to a third party, with certain specific exceptions, unless the third party has requested the information in writing and the student has consented, again in writing, to its release.
- The university may release directory information about a student, however, unless the student submits a written request that any or all such information not be released. A student may request, in writing, an opportunity to inspect and review the student’s official files and records maintained by the university and may, if appropriate, challenge the accuracy of those records. The university is permitted a reasonable time, not to exceed 45 days, to respond to such a request.
- A student may file with the Family Policy and Regulations Office of the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning what he or she believes to be the university’s failure to comply with FERPA.
- A student may obtain from the Registrar a copy of this policy, which the university has adopted to meet the requirements of FERPA. The information below is presented in compliance with the provisions of FERPA, which require the university to notify students annually of their rights and the university’s policies and procedures. Specific procedures may vary slightly among the schools and colleges of the university, and each student is encouraged to inquire at his or her own dean’s office if any question arises.
FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Financial records are covered under academic records.
There are additional guidelines that are helpful for parents. For more information, please visit the academic records section of the university registrar's website.