Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain
rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
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 Office of the Registrar
written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official responsible for the record will make
arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where
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.
The right to request
the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes
Students may ask the University to amend a record
that they believe is inaccurate.
They should write the University official responsible for the record,
clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it
If the University decides not to amend the record as
requested by the student, 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.
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 legitimate educational
interests. A school official is a
person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic
or research, or support staff position (including Security
personnel and Wellness Center staff); 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.
The right to file a
complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged
failures by Dominican University to comply with the requirement of
FERPA. The name and address
of the Office that administers FERPA are:
Family Policy Compliance
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5920