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Privacy of Academic Records

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University has established policies governing privacy and release of student record information. The University has designated certain personally identifiable information as directory information, which may be released at the University's discretion to anyone who makes a request. At Wayne State University, directory information is defined as name, address, age or date of birth, level of education, major, degrees received, educational institution the student was most recently enrolled, honors, awards, e-mail address, participation in sports or other activities, and the height and weight of members of athletic teams.

Students have the right to inspect and review their educational records, seek amendment of the records they believe to be inaccurate or in violation of their privacy rights, consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their records (except to the extent that the law authorizes disclosure without consent) and file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of the University to comply with the law.

Faculty and staff with access to student records are required to abide by University policy and federal law regarding privacy of student records.  If you have any questions regarding privacy of student records, including whether you can or should disclose information, contact the University Registrar immediately.

Important Information and Documents:

U.S. Department of Education

FERPA Presentation: What Every Student Needs to Know

FERPA Guidelines for Wayne State University Faculty, Students and Staff

Departments Maintaining Student Records