What students need to know
FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, to request the amendment of inaccurate or misleading records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records.
This means we will only release information about your records to you. However, if you wish, you may authorize the release of your records or your financial account to others such as your parent, child, relative, employer, etc.
How does this affect you the student?
If someone in your life calls a university office on your behalf, they will only be able to receive general university information. The university is unable to release student information without the student’s written consent.
Students who are currently (or formerly) enrolled, regardless of age or status, are protected by FERPA. Students are given full access to their records either in person or by use of the LOUIE system. A student who wishes to grant access to his/her information to a parent(s), child, or other designated individual(s) must do one of the following:
Complete a “FERPA Release Form” that gives the university permission to release specific pieces of information to a specified person. This release remains in effect until the student provides a written revocation to the Office of the Registrar.
provide the university with evidence that the student is classified as a dependent for tax purposes.