Gonzaga University’s policy concerning the confidentiality of student educational records reflects a reasonable balance between the obligation of the institution for the instruction and welfare of its students and its responsibility to society.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), including the Buckley Amendment and regulations thereunder (collectively the “Act”), controls access to student education records. Gonzaga University will make a reasonable effort to extend to eligible students and their parents the rights granted by the federal act. The provisions of this policy are not intended to create contractual rights; enforcement provisions are as provided under the Act.
Copies of the complete Gonzaga University’s Confidentiality of Records Policy on a student’s right to inspect his or her education records and the University’s responsibility to maintain the confidentiality of such records are available at the offices of the University Registrar, Law School Registrar, Corporation Counsel, School/College Dean, and the Academic Vice President.
Notification of Rights Under FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford students certain rights with respect to the education records. These rights include:
1) The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the Associate Registrar, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Associate Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar's Office to which the request was submitted, the Associate Registrar shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wishes to ask the university to amend a record should write the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the students wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the university decides not to amend the record as requested, the university will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's 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.
3) The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from the students education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. The university discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for 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 law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using university employees or officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); 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 for the university.
Upon request, the university also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Release of Student Directory Information Policy: Certain categories of student information are considered “open” or Directory Information. Directory Information may be published in a student directory or event program and released to the media and to the public for enrolled students. Directory Information includes the following: student name, local address & telephone, permanent address & telephone, e-mail address, place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, full or part-time enrollment status, year in school (class), degree(s) received, scholastic honors and awards received, other educational institutions attended, visual image (photo, video), weight, height of athletic team members. A student may request that Directory Information not be released by so indicating at any time in the Registrar’s Office. In that case, this information will not be disclosed except with the consent of the student or as otherwise allowed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).