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FROM: Heidi Williams - Registrar RE: FERPA Annual Notification to Students
9/13/2012 2:31:43 PM
To: Students, Faculty, Staff


Dear Student: 

We want to take this opportunity to give you a brief summary of your rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records.  These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.

    If the student is a current student, it is the policy of the University that the student may review his/her file upon showing identification to Academic Records.  Former students should submit to the Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records of which the student believes is inaccurate.

    Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate.  They should write the Registrar, clearly identifying the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate.  Any dispute concerning grades is not amendable through FERPA.

    If the University 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 disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s educational 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 in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the Council of Trustees; the National Student Clearinghouse; contractors, volunteers and service providers used to perform university services and functions, 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.

    The university is also permitted to disclose the education records of a student to another school without consent, if the student receives services from the other school.  This would include records of students who are enrolled in a collaborative program resulting in dual enrollment in California University and another institution of higher education.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA are:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U. S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory information at California University is the following:

·         a student’s name, address (both local and permanent)

·         telephone number

·         e-mail address

·         place and date of birth

·         academic curriculum

·         dates of attendance

·         date of graduation

·         degrees and awards received

·         most recent educational institution attended

·         participation in student activities (including athletics)

·         height and weight (for athletic teams)

·         Photograph

·         Grade level


If a student does not want this information released, he/she must inform Academic Records of this request.  If a student initiates a request that directory information is not to be released, he/she must realize that any request for verification of attendance, graduation, dean’s list etc. from any outside source will be denied.