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Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) Policy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:
  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s college education records within 45 days from the day the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar written requests that identify 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. If the records are not maintained by the registrar, the registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask UAFS to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want to be changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If UAFS decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student will be notified of the decision and advised of their right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information (PII) contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. UAFS discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official includes any person employed by UAFS in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of UAFS who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records (e.g. attorneys, auditors, collection agents, the National Student Clearinghouse, or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks). A school official typically has a legitimate educational interest for reviewing an education record to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for UAFS or assist a school official in doing so. Upon request UAFS also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by UAFS to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is noted below:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
 
Directory information, as defined by the United States Department of Education, means information contained in an educational record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may request UAFS not release directory information by completing the proper form and submitting it to the Registrar’s Office. Directory information at UAFS includes name, address, major field of study, degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, telephone listing, email address, photographs, date and place of birth, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (i.e., undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time, no enrollment), honors received, and most recent educational agency or institution attended.

It is important to note that the institution, at its sole discretion, designates what is considered “directory information” as well as what is released in each circumstance.

Additionally, educational records and personal information may be released in the following circumstances:

UAFS is required to comply with military requests for student information in accordance with the Solomon Amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act, 1995/1996, and the Omnibus Consolidated Appropriations Act, 1997.