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FERPA and Transcripts

“The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to provide students with greater access to and control over information contained in their educational records while at the same time prohibiting, in most circumstances, the release of any information (other than directory information) contained in those educational records without the expressed and written consent of the student. This law guarantees privacy of student records, open access by students to their records, restricted release of information to specified authorities or others only with written consent, and procedures allowing students to challenge the contents of their records. Forms necessary for release of information or restriction of directory information are provided by the Office of the Registrar. Each campus department may require a signed release specifying the type of information to be released and to whom. School officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students, without written permission of the student, unless such action is covered in the exceptions permitted by the ACT. For the list of exceptions, please refer to FERPA on the website of the Office of the Registrar.”

 

In the effort to comply with federal guidelines to protect student information and records:

  • Transcript requests must be submitted by the student. 
  • The confidential nature of records extends to the discussion of records as well as the release of documents.  Therefore, we are not able to discuss student records over the phone.