Student Rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Hiram College is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records, adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)—a federal legislation established to regulate access to and maintenance of student education records.

The FERPA affords student certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (It is important to note that all rights to access move to the student when that student is in a post secondary education institution; parents, spouses, and significant others have no inherent right to access to student educational records.)

The following links contain additional information related to Directory Information, FERPA, and the Annual Notification of Student Rights under FERPA:

Hiram College Directory Information (Student Information Hiram College may release without student consent)

Annual Notification to students (Required under FERPA to inform students of their educational rights and privacy)

Student Authorization and Waiver Form to Release Educational Records for Recommendation (Form to provide release of student confidential information that will be contained in a letter of recommendation)

U.S. Department of Education FERPA Guide (Federal website for additional FERPA information)

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