Confidentiality of Records

The conversations you have with your advisor are protected by law. The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (often referred to as FERPA) protects the privacy of educational records. Although these records belong to the University, the law establishes your right, as a student, to inspect and review almost all of the material in your file.

Access to the information in your record is not allowed to outsiders without your consent. For example, your academic advising record (which include your grade reports) are available to academic advisors and other authorized professionals, but not to your parents, unless you have given written permission.

Your medical records will not be released to anyone, including your parents, unless you authorize their release in writing. You won’t need parental permission to receive treatment or services.

FERPA also provides guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through formal and informal hearings. Failure to treat student records confidentially is considered a serious offense and is grounds for dismissal. You have the right to file a complaint concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with this act.