Privacy and Disclosure of Student Records (FERPA)

The University of Saint Mary complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits access to education records by eligible students or by parents of dependent students. Dependent student is defined in section 152 of the Internal Revenue code of 1954. If dependent status is documented and upon written request of the parent and prior notification to the student, education records may be released.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University of Saint Mary receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University of Saint Mary official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the University of Saint Mary official to whom the request was submitted does not maintain the records, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University of Saint Mary to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University of Saint Mary official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University of Saint Mary decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her 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.

  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University of Saint Mary 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 University of Saint Mary has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; 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 responsibility.

  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of Saint Mary 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 20202-8520

Directory Information

Directory information concerning students may be released unless the student specifically requests that such information be withheld. The University of Saint Mary recognizes Directory Information to include at a minimum 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, height and weight of athletic team members, dates of attendance, full-time/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.