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Privacy Rights under FERPA

Michigan State University College of Law complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C.§ 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99). FERPA is a federal law which affords students certain rights with respect to the release, inspection, and challenge of their educational records. Students have:

  1. The right to inspect and review records upon written request; and
  2. The right to request and amend records that are inaccurate or misleading.
    1. Students who wish to have their records amended must write the Associate Dean for Academic Affairs and identify the part of the record they want changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
    2. If the Associate Dean decides not to amend the record as requested, he will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
    3. After the hearing, if the school still decides not to amend the record, the student has the right to place a statement with record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.
      1. The College of Law is not required to consider requests for amendment under FERPA that either seek to change a grade or disciplinary decision; and/or
      2. Seek to change the opinions or reflections of a school official or other person reflected in an education record.

The College of Law will not disclose information from the educational records of a student without his/her prior written consent, except:

  1. to school officials, including teachers, within the educational institution who have a legitimate educational interest in the records. A school official is defined as a person employed by the University or College of Law in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position, including law enforcement personnel and health personnel; a person or company with whom the College of Law has contracted to provide services; a student serving on an official committee (e.g. a disciplinary or grievance committee); or a person assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks;
  2. to officials of another school in which the student seeks or intends to enroll;
  3. in connection with the student's application for, or receipt of, financial aid;
  4. to organizations conducting studies, for or on behalf of, educational agencies or institutions if these studies are conducted in a manner that will not permit the personal identification of students and if the information will be destroyed when no longer needed;
  5. to accrediting organizations in order to carry out their accrediting functions;
  6. to comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; or
  7. to appropriate parties in health or safety emergencies; and
  8. to certain authorized representatives of the United States, state and local agencies who require such information to carry out lawful functions.

The U.S. Department of Education FERPA website: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

U.S. Family Policy Compliance Office - General Guidance for Students website:
http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/students.html

For more information on FERPA at MSU please visit the "Guidelines Governing Privacy and Release of Student Records" at:
http://www.reg.msu.edu/Read/UCC/Updated/privacy.pdf


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