Privacy of Student Records
Parker University is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records. A student of Parker University has certain rights under FERPA. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review all records within a reasonable time after the university receives a request for access.
- The right to request an amendment of their education record if it they believe it is inaccurate or misleading. A statement to the Registrar clearly identifying the part of the record that is being requested to amend must be submitted and approved. If the University, within a reasonable period of time, decides not to amend them it shall so inform the party of the right to a hearing. The hearing shall be held within a reasonable period of time after the University has received a request for a hearing and reasonable notice of the date, place and time has been given the student. An official of the University who does not have a direct interest in the outcome of the hearing will conduct the hearing. Students will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issues raised. Legal or other representation during the hearing is prohibited. The University will make its decision in writing within a reasonable period of time and shall notify the parties involved.
- The right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in the education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, such as the following:
- Releases to University faculty and staff with a legitimate educational “need to know”;
- Releases in accordance with a lawful subpoena or court order;
- Releases to others specifically exempted from the prior consent requirement (certain federal and state officials, organizations conducting studies on behalf of the University, accrediting organizations);
- Releases in an emergency where the information is necessary to protect health or safety of the student or others.
Release of student record information is generally not done at Parker University without the expressed, written consent of the student. There are, however, some exceptions. For example, directory information includes the following and may be released without the student’s consent: the student’s name, address, telephone number; email address; date and place of birth; field of study; participation in officially recognized activities and sports; dates of attendance; degrees and awards received; the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student, or other similar information. Students have the right to withhold the release of directory information. To do so, a request for non-disclosure of directory information form must be submitted to the Office of the Registrar.