The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Know Your Right to Privacy
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the College receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the enrollment manager, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The College official 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 College official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
- The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the College to amend a record should write the College official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the College decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's 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.
- The right to provide written consent before the College discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The College 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 is a person employed by the College in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the College has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using College employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the College.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the College to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 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 20202-5901
When the records have been classified as “Directory Information.” Directory Information concerning students may be released unless the student specifically requests that such information be withheld. The College recognizes Directory Information to include a student’s name, address, telephone listing, electronic mail address, date and place of birth, level of education, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports (not applicable at Goldfarb School of Nursing), height and weight of athletic team members(not applicable at Goldfarb School of Nursing), dates of attendance, fulltime/part-time status, degrees, honors and awards received, photograph, and the most recent previous education agency or institution attended by the student. All students must inform the Office of the Registrar before the end of the two-week period following the first day of classes if they wish that any or all of the information designated as directory information not be released. If a student selects to prevent disclosure, the student’s name may not appear on the Dean’s List or the graduation program. Note that nonconsensual disclosures under FERPA are permissive so that the College is not required to disclose information based on a third-party request and may choose not to do so, or may choose to limit the disclosure to specific parties, for specific purposes, or both.
If you wish to not have your directory information released, please check the box at the bottom of the FERPA form and submit to the Registration Dept.