Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
As required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, Temple University cannot disclose a student’s education records without the written consent of a student or without proof that the student is the federal tax dependent of the parent.
FERPA provides the following rights for students and for the parents of dependent students attending Temple University:
- The right of a student, with minor limitations, to inspect and review his or her education records;
- The right to request amendment of a student’s education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights;
- The right, with certain exceptions, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records;
- The right to withhold public disclosure of any or all items of so-called “Directory Information” by written notification to the Office of the Dean of Students.
- Under current University policy, the item “Directory Information” includes a student’s name, street address, e-mail address, confirmation of enrollment status (full-time/part-time), dates of attendance, degree received, awards received (e.g., Dean’s List), major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
- The right to file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning the alleged failure of Temple University to comply with the requirements of FERPA and of the implementing regulations.
The procedures for exercising the above rights are explained in “Temple University’s Guidelines Pertaining to Confidentiality of Student Records” available to view online, http://policies.temple.edu/ferpa. Included in the University Guidelines is a description of the types and locations of educational records maintained by Temple University.
If your or your parents’ primary or home language is not English, upon your request, reasonable efforts will be made to provide you with a translated copy of this “Annual Notice,” as well as with “Temple University’s Guidelines Pertaining to Confidentiality of Student Records” by the Office of the Dean of Students.
Please note that, in compliance with a 1997 federal statute designed to advance military recruiting, Temple may release dates of birth to the military unless the student notifies Temple that he or she wishes this information withheld.
How to Waive FEPRA Rights
In order to provide a waiver of a student’s FERPA rights to a specific person, the student should log into the TUportal:
- Select “Self-Service Banner” under the TUApplications Menu
- Select “Student”
- Select “FERPA Contacts”
- After reading the informational text, select “New Contact”
- Enter the requested information and select the “Submit Changes”