Privacy Act (FERPA)

Notification of Privacy Rights Under the Family Rights and Privacy Act (General Education Provisions Act, Sec. 438, Pub. L. 90-247, Title IV, as Amended).

I. Subject to limitations specified in the Act, eligible students are assured the following rights pertaining to their educational records.

A. The right to inspect and review their records, to request reasonable explanations and interpretations of them, and to obtain copies of them at their own expenses.

B. The right to seek correction of the records through a request to amend them or through a formal hearing.

C. The right to control the disclosure of personally identifiable information from their records.

II. The following information about eligible students will be treated as directory information and be subject to release.

A. Name, home and local address, published telephone listing, e-mail address, date of birth, photograph.

B. School or college, classification (Fr., Soph., Jr., Sr., Gr.), dates of attendance, awards, degrees and honors, date graduated, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended.

C. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports, fraternity and/or sorority affiliation and educational societies, and vital statistics, such as height and weight, for members of athletic teams.

III. Release of Education Records

A. The University is authorized to provide access to student records to campus officials, employees, and contracted agencies who have legitimate educational interest in such access, without the student's written consent. These persons are those who have responsibilities in connection with campus academic, administrative or service functions and who have reason for using student records connected with their campus or other related academic/administrative responsibilities as opposed to a personal or private interest. Such determination will be made on a case-by-case basis.

B. University officials will release educational information upon receipt of a signed, dated, written consent of the student which must specify the records that may be disclosed and identify the party to whom the disclosure may be made.

IV. Questions regarding records or the release of information may be directed to the Registrar, Martindale Student Services Center, University, MS 38677.