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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974, the Act grants four specific rights to the adult student:

  • The right to see the information that the institution is keeping on the student
  • The right to seek amendment to those records and in certain cases append a statement to the record
  • The right to consent to disclosure of his/her records
  • The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington

Directory Information

Some information in a student’s educational record is defined as directory information under FERPA. Under a strict reading of FERPA, Wesley College may disclose this type of information without the written consent of the student. However, the student can exercise the option to restrict the release of directory information by submitting a formal request to the school to limit disclosure.

Please submit the Permission to Disclose Education Records Form to the Registrar’s Office.

Directory information may include:

  • Name;
  • Address;
  • Phone number and email address;
  • Dates of attendance;
  • Degree(s) awarded;
  • Enrollment status;
  • Major field of study

Non-directory Information

Non-directory information is any educational record not considered directory information. Non-directory information must not be released to anyone, including parents of the student, without the prior written consent of the student.
Non-directory information may include:

  • Social security numbers;
  • Student identification number;
  • Race, ethnicity, and/or nationality;
  • Gender
  • Transcripts; grade reports

Transcripts are non-directory information and, therefore, are protected educational records under FERPA. Students have a right to privacy regarding transcripts. Wesley College requires that students first submit a written request to have transcripts sent to any third party as the privilege of privacy of this information is held by the student under FERPA. Wesley College will not fax transcripts because this process cannot guarantee a completely secure transmission of the student’s grades to third parties.

For more information about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act click here.