Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

 

(FERPA)

 

 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  They are:

 

(1)   The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.

 

Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect.  The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.  If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

 

(2)   The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

 

Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading.  They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

 

If the University official responsible for the record decides not to amend the record as requested, the student may submit their request to the Registrar.  Following consideration by the Registrar, if the University decides not to amend the record, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.  Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

 

(3)   The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

 

One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with a legitimate educational interest.  School officials may include a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel , health staff, and National Student Loan Clearinghouse); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor,  or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks.

 

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

 

Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll

 

(4)   The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the UT-Houston Health Science Center to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

 

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, DC, 20202-4605

 

 

Directory Information

 

At its discretion, the University may release Directory Information which shall include:

 

(1)   name, address (all addresses including UT e-mail address), telephone numbers

(2)   date of birth

(3)   major field of study

(4)   dates of attendance

(5)   most recent previous educational institution attended

(6)   classification

(7)   degrees and awards received

(8)   date of graduation

(9)      class schedules

 

Students may have Directory Information withheld by notifying the Office of the Registrar in writing each semester during the first 12 days of class of a fall or spring semester or the first 4 class days of a summer session.  Request for non-disclosure will be honored by the institution as a permanent request unless notified otherwise.