Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g., and the Texas Public Information Act, GC Title 5, Subtitle A, Chapter 552.026, provide students with certain rights regarding their educational records. Each eligible student has a right to:
- Inspect and review the student's education records;
- Request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights;
- Consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA and its regulations authorize disclosure without consent;
- File a complaint concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with FERPA and its regulations authorize disclosure without consent; and
- Obtain a copy of the institutional policy by contacting the office of the registrar or dean.
Directory information about a student is considered public information and is released without written consent.
Directory information includes but is not limited to the student's name, address (all addresses including e-mail addresses), telephone listing, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended, and classification (undergraduate and full-time or part-time status).
Students have the right to restrict the release of directory information. To do so, a written request may be filed with the Office of the Registrar at any time by filling out the FERPA Directory Information Opt-Out Form pdf. Requests for nondisclosure will be honored by the institution permanently or until the student requests disclosure.
A copy of the FERPA is maintained and may be obtained in the Office of the Registrar.