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FERPA policy

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords student certain rights with respect to their education records. Student in this document is defined as one who has at one time been admitted to William Carey International University for a course or program of study.

These rights are:

(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day

William Carey International University receives a request for access. Students must submit to the Office of Admissions and Records written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Director of Admissions and Records will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Office of Admissions and Records, the student shall be advised of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

(2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student

believes are inaccurate. Students may ask William Carey International University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write to the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If William Carey International University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the student shall be notified of the decision and advised as to 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 notified of the right to a hearing.

3) The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that 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 William Carey International University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom William Carey International 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 his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by William Carey International 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, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC, 20202- 4605.

Students may release information in educational records by making the request in writing to the Director of Admissions and Records. Please designate the specific categories of information that may be released, the specific individuals to whom it may be released, and the end date for the agreement.

For more information see: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)