The role of the Department Head is to ensure that his/her department is fully compliant with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, and related University policy. To achieve this role, this requires formal training or periodic re-orientation for faculty and staff members.
FERPA is designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Please see the University’s Notification of Student Rights Policy.
The essence of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act states that college students must be permitted to inspect their own educational records. In addition, school officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students nor permit inspection of their records without their written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions.
Failure to comply with FERPA could result in the withholding of federal funds, including student financial aid, or the cost of lawsuits filed.
A large amount of helpful information is posted on the University’s website. Please see FERPA information.
If you have any question regarding FERPA information, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 836-5520 or Legal Counsel.