The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. A student is defined as an individual who is (or has been) in attendance and for whom the university maintains education records. All rights under FERPA apply to the student. Education records are defined as all records maintained by the University about a student. There are six exceptions:
The law provides to the student the following rights:
Under the act, prior written consent must be obtained before information may be disclosed to third parties unless they are exempted from this provision. These exceptions include:
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater designates the following student information as public or "Directory Information". This information , which may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose at its descretion, includes:
Name, home/local addresses and telephone numbers, dates or attendance (including credits carried), classification, major/degree program, degrees conferred (including dates), previous institution(s) attended, awards, academic honors, past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, and physical factors (height and weight of athletes).
Students may withhold disclosure of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Office of the Registrar two days prior to the first day of classes at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. Forms requesting the withholding of information are available in the Registrar's Office, and the request is effective for the academic year.
The University of Wisconsin-Whitewater assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of categories of information indicates individual approval of disclosure.
Student records and files are available for review by the student in accordance with the Act. Students may request a hearing regarding any alleged inaccurate, misleading, or inappropriate information contained in their records. Also, a portion of the student ID number may be used to post final grades. Students may withhold Directory information from third parties by notifying the Registrar in writing prior to the first day of classes for the fall semester and the request must be filed annually. A request for non-disclosure received after the fall semester begins will be honored by the University for the remainder of the academic year.
Revisions and clarifications to FERPA will be published as experience with the law and the university's policies warrant.
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For comments: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Last revised on March 10, 2000 by WDT