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Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

Protect our students... Protect ourselves...

Maintaining confidentiality of student records is everyone′s responsibility whether you are faculty, staff or student. WHY?

  • Because it′s the right thing to do
  • Because the Federal Government requires us to do so

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, is a Federal law which states (a) that a written institutional policy must be established and (b) that a statement of adopted procedures covering the privacy rights of students be made available. The law provides that the institution will maintain the confidentiality of student education records. Educational records include student financial account information.

Christian Brothers University accords all the rights under the law to enrolled students. No one outside the institution shall have access to nor will the institution disclose, any information from students′ education records without the written consent of students except to personnel within the institution, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students financial aid, to agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order, and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. All these exceptions are permitted under the Act. Only those members of the College community, individually or collectively, acting in the students′ educational interest are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel (including student workers) and the professional staff of the office of Student Development and Academic Services, Financial Aid, Institutional Research, and College officials with a legitimate educational interest as determined by the Registrar.

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