Family Educational Rights And Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 permits current or former students to inspect certain college educational records pertaining to them as individuals and to obtain copies for a fee. Students are also accorded the right to question the content of a record and to receive a formal hearing if dissatisfied with the responses to such questions.
Written consent from a student is required before personally identifiable information can be released from the individual educational record in all cases except tuition and fee obligations and those specifically exempted by law.
There is certain directory information which the university may release without the student's permission. Directory Information at SUNY Oneonta is defined as the following:
- student name, postal addresses (not residence hall addresses), phone numbers and electronic mail addresses
- major field (s) of student, class year, academic advisor, dates of attendance, full/part-time enrollment status, degrees and awards received.
- previous educational agencies or institutions attended.
- Photographs, height and weight of members of athletic teams.
Students wishing to prevent directory information from being released must contact the University Registrar, in writing or in person, to request that a "confidential" flag be placed on his or her record. These confidential flags will be placed within 48 hours of receipt of the request and will be in effect until the student provides the University Registrar with a written request to remove the confidential flag.
The Institutional FERPA Policy Statement, containing complete university policies and procedures for exercising student rights under the Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is available from the University Registrar. Inquiries or complaints may be filed with the Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
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