UMMC Policy and Procedure Manual E-AA-GEN-GEN-PO-00011
Subject: Notification of Rights under FERPA
Revised Date: 7/6/2021 Effective Date: 6/24/2014
Prepared By:
Dorothy R. Singleton
Approved By:
Ralph H. Didlake

PURPOSE: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

POLICY: The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the Medical Center receives a request for access. 

A student should submit to the director of the Office of Enrollment Management and registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The director of the Office of Enrollment Management will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If records are not maintained by the director of the Office of Enrollment Management, he or she shall advise the student 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, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. 

A student who wishes to ask the Medical Center to amend a record should write the director of the Office of Enrollment Management and clearly identify the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If the Medical Center decides not to amend the record as requested, the Medical Center will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s 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 provide written consent before the Medical Center discloses personally identifiable information from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in § 99.31 of the FERPA regulations.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the 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 20202-5901.