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Student Rights

Students are considered to be “in attendance” once they have enrolled for courses for their initial term of enrollment. Students attending, or who have attended, the University (hereinafter “students”) are given certain rights under federal law and may be summarized as follows:

  • To inspect and review the content of the education records. The University shall comply with a request for access to records within a reasonable period of time, not to exceed 45 days after it has received the request;
  • To obtain copies of education records upon payment of 15 cents per page, where the failure to provide copies would effectively prevent the student from exercising the right to inspect and review the education records;
  • To receive a response from the University to reasonable requests for explanations of those records;
  • To obtain an opportunity for a hearing to challenge the content of those records;
  • To receive confidential treatment by the University of their education records. Except for directory information, neither such records, nor personally identifiable information contained therein shall be released without student permission to anyone other than those parties specifically authorized by the Act;
  • To refuse to permit the release of their directory information;
  • To file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) of the Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of the Act and Rules: Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue S.W., Washington, DC 20202-4605;
  • To exercise all rights on the student’s own behalf, regardless of the student’s status as a dependent upon parents. Parents may, however, obtain access to the student’s records if the student is regarded as a dependent for federal income tax purposes, once the Office of the University Registrar has contacted the student and he or she is aware of the request. The parent must present evidence that the student has been claimed as a dependent on their most recent federal tax returns.

Note: A student may exercise all rights granted under the Act and Rules without regard to possible status as her or his parents’ dependent.