Any educational institution or agency that receives funds under any program administered by the U.S. Secretary of Education must comply with requirements outlined in the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. These guidelines are specific to managing the privacy of student records. FERPA Information
Student Right to Non-disclosure and Consent to View Educational Records
Non-disclosure is the requirement that an educational institution must provide the opportunity for a student to refuse to let the institution release information designated as "Directory Information."
Educational Records are those records directly related to a student and maintained by the institution or by a third-party acting for the institution.
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Information from an Educational Record can only be disclosed with a signed consent from the student, unless it meets one of the exceptions to signed consent in section 99.31(a)(1) of the FERPA which states that the scholastic record may be available to school officials, including teachers within the educational institution, local and state educational agencies who have legitimate educational interest in the student, and officials of the other schools which the student intends to enroll.
A student has the right to request Non-disclosure of "Directory Information." The following information has been declared "Directory Information" and may be released by the University without prior consent of the student: name, address, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in official activities, weight and height of athletic team members, dates of attendance, enrollment status, degree, honors and awards received, and previous educational agency or institution attended. "Directory Information" will not be released for commercial purposes, and a student may request in writing to the Registrar that "Directory Information" not be released. (for more information see FERPA FAQs)