Disclosure of Student Records
With certain exceptions provided by law, the university cannot release information concerning students, other than directory information, from their education records to anyone other than university officials without the written consent of the student. Students and alumni applying for jobs, credit, graduate school, etc., can expedite their applications by providing the university with written permission to release specific records and to which parties the releases should be made. The student’s written consent is not required for the disclosure of grades, disciplinary action, or other information to parents of students who are dependents for federal income tax purposes. Parents requesting information regarding dependent students must demonstrate federal income dependency by submitting their most recent federal income tax return.
The university has designated the following categories as directory information, which may, at the university’s discretion, be released to the public without consent of the student: student’s name and former name(s), address, email address, telephone number, fax number, date and place of birth, major field of study and courses taken, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards awarded, all previous educational agencies or institutions attended, current class schedule, employer, church membership, photographs, and parents’ names, addresses, and telephone listings. It is the general policy of the university not to release directory information regarding its students unless, in the judgment of the appropriate record custodian or other officials with record access, such release either serves a legitimate educational purpose or is not adverse to the interests and privacy of the student. However, the student may request that certain categories of directory information not be released to the public without his or her written consent. Such requests shall be submitted in accordance with the student records policy of the university. This notice is not intended to fully explain students’ rights under FERPA. The Noticifation of Rights under FERPA contains detailed information and procedures in regard to these rights. Any student alleging failure of the university to comply with FERPA may file a complaint with:
Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office (FERPA)
United States Department of Education
4511 Switzer Building, 330 C St. SW
Washington, D.C. 20201