Student Rights

An eligible student is a student who has reached 18 years of age or is attending the University. Upon written request, students will be given access to all records, files, documents, and other materials maintained by the University that have information relating to the student. Students may be asked to schedule appointments to review their records.

Students Have the Right To:

  • Be notified of their FERPA rights at least annually
  • Inspect and review their records
  • Seek amendment to an incorrect record
  • Limit disclosure of directory information
  • File a complaint with the Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by the institution to comply with FERPA

When do FERPA rights begin? A FERPA-related college education record begins for a student when he or she enrolls in a higher education institution. At a postsecondary institution, rights belong to the student in attendance, regardless of the student’s age.

Parent Rights

Parents may not have access to student records unless:

What are parental rights under FERPA?

A parent can obtain access to a student’s personally identifiable information when: the student has authorized (via written consent) their parent to accompany them to a meeting with a college official(s); the student has submitted an Academic Record Consent Form through MyUI; the student provides express written consent for third party release of education records; a health or emergency situation exists that threatens the safety of the student or others; a student under the age of 21 is in violation of any laws governing the use of alcohol; the student is deceased, upon which FERPA rights cease.

What information may be released without a student’s consent?

Directory information, information for which the student has given written release, information needed by a school official with a legitimate educational interest, final disciplinary results of a crime of violence committed by a student, parental notification of an alcohol/drug violation committed by a student under 21 years of age, disclosures to victims of crimes of violence or non-forcible sex offenses, disclosures to other schools which the student seeks or intends to enroll or where the student is already enrolled as long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer, and emergency situations where there is an imminent risk to health and safety.

What is directory information?

Information that may be released to the public without the student’s written consent, unless the student restricts disclosure. Each institution determines what information is classified as directory information. Details on what is considered directory information and information on how to restrict directory information at UI can be found on the directory information page