PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

Mount Mary University is in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.

Student Rights
The right to inspect and review the studentís education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar or Associate Dean for Academic Affairs written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the University official to whom the request was submitted does not maintain the records, that official shall advise the student of the appropriate official to whom the request should be addressed.

The right to request the amendment of the studentís education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when she/he is notified of the right to a hearing.

The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the studentís education records, except to the extent the FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is 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 (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing her or his tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill her or his professional responsibility.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Mount Mary University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information
Under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), directory information is public information unless the student files a request for confidentiality in the Office of the Registrar. The information that Mount Mary University considers directory information is as follows: name, address, telephone listing, field of study, weight and height of athletes, most recent previous school attended, date and place of birth, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, dates of attendance, degrees, awards, and full-time or part-time status.