Privacy of Academic Records

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University has established policies governing privacy and release of student record information.

Directory 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.

Wayne State University considers the following information as directory information, subject to release.

  1. Name
  2. University-provided e-mail address
  3. Major
  4. Classification (freshman, sophomore, etc.) 
  5. Participation in officially recognized university activities, including sports
  6. Height and weight of members of athletic teams
  7. Degree(s) received from Wayne State
  8. Honors and/or academic awards received

Students may opt in or opt out of the release of directory information by filing Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information form with the Records and Registration office. 

Federal law mandates the release of some student information to U.S. Department of Defense military recruiters upon request. Accordingly, students may not opt out of this type of release. 

Right to Review and Amend Records

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, and consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their records. (except to the extend that the law authorizes disclosure without consent.) 

The University Registrar is charged with coordinating all requests to review your records.  Therefore, requests to review or amend your records should be addressed to:

Academic Records
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward, Fifth Floor
Detroit, MI 48202

We are required by law to respond within 45 days of having received your request.

Disclosure of Student Records Information

The university may disclose education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception allowing disclosure to school officials with a legitimate educational interest.  A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health system staff) or a person or company with whom the university has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using university officials. (Examples of this include collection agencies and the National Student Clearinghouse.)  

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 responsibilities to Wayne State University. 

Students may authorize specific people or entities to have access to their education records by filling out an Authorization to Release Academic Records form and returning it to the Records and Registration Office. 

Other Rights

Students have the right to file a complaint regarding alleged failures of the university to comply with FERPA.  Complaints should be addressed to:

Family Compliance Office
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202

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

Authorization to Release Academic Records

Request to Restrict the Release of Directory Information ***modification for new directory information policy is in progress***

List of Departments Maintaining Student Records
University FERPA and Privacy Policy