Family Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA Informational GuidelinesPDF

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights.
  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.
  4. The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Marist College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
  5. The right to obtain a copy of Marist College's education records policy. Copies of this policy are available upon request at the Office of the Registrar and on the Registrar website, http://www.marist.edu/registrar/.

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, institutions may release directory information without student consent. Directory information is defined as information contained in a student's education record that generally would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Institutions are required by Section 99.7 of FERPA to give public notice of the information it plans to make available to the general public. Marist College gives such notice in the Marist Undergraduate Catalog and in each semester's registration materials.

Marist will release the following information at various times unless requested in writing not to do so by the student: student name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student, grade level (including number of credits earned), and enrollment status (e.g.: undergraduate, graduate, full-time, part-time).

Students must notify the Registrar in writing should they not want information made available by filling out a form at the Office of the Registrar. Students may file a Non-Disclosure Form or revoke non-disclosure status at any time during normal working hours.

REV. 11/06

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