Information for Students and Parents at Purdue University Fort Wayne
Purdue FERPA Policy: http://www.purdue.edu/policies/records/viiia4.html
What rights do students have under FERPA?
- The right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of their request
- The right to request an amendment to their education records
- The right to restrict disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their education records
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures to comply with FERPA
Legitimate Educational Interest
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.
Public Posting of Grades
The public posting of grades, either by the student's name, institutional student identification number, or social security number is a violation of FERPA. Using an assigned random number that only the student and instructor know would be an appropriate way to post grades. Even then, the order of posting should not be alphabetic.
What is directory information?
Institutions may disclose the following information on a student without violating FERPA if the student has not restricted their information.
- e-mail address
- address (local & home)
- telephone number (local & home)
- college/school and curriculum
- enrollment status and credit hour load
- dates of attendance
- receipt or non-receipt of a degree
- academic awards received (dean's list, honors students)
- participation in officially recognized activities
- sports photograph
- position, weight, and height of athletes
Restricting Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information
While attending Purdue University Fort Wayne, students may request to restrict the release of all their directory information to non-university personnel by completing the Request to Restrict Directory Information form.
Students may complete the request form in person, with photo identification, at the Enrollment Service Center desk located in Kettler Hall’s first floor lobby. For these students, NO INFORMATION is released without the written consent of the student.
When a student elects to restrict all information, the Office of the Registrar will provide the following response to all inquiries: "The university has no information on this individual."
Students may request to remove the restricted status of directory information in person, with photo identification, at the Enrollment Service Center desk located in Kettler Hall’s first floor lobby by completing the Request to Remove Restricted Status of Directory Information form.
Students unable to request in person may postal mail completed forms with a photocopy of photo identification to:
Purdue University Fort Wayne
Office of the Registrar
2101 E. Coliseum Blvd.
Fort Wayne, IN 46805
Emailed forms and emailed photo identification will not be accepted.
Indiana SSN Law
Internal use of SSN information within the Purdue system for the purpose of conducting normal business is still permitted under the Indiana law. However, it is important to remember that Purdue data handling guidelines address the usage and methods of exchanging sensitive and restricted data, in addition to just SSN information. These guidelines can be found at:
What are education records?
An education record is any record that is directly related to a student and maintained by the university. A student has the right of access to these records.
Education records include any records in whatever medium (handwritten, email, print, magnetic tape, film, diskette, etc.) that is in the possession of any school official. This includes transcripts or other records obtained from a school in which a student was previously enrolled.
What aren't education records?
- sole possession records or private notes held by school officials that are not accessible or released to other personnel,
- law enforcement or campus security records that are solely for law enforcement purposes and maintained solely by the law enforcement unit,
- records relating solely to an individual ' s employment by the institution that are not available for any other purpose,
- records relating to treatment provided by a physician, psychiatrist, psychologist or other recognized professional or paraprofessional and disclosed only to individuals providing treatment,
- records of an institution that contain only information about an individual obtained after that person is no longer a student, i.e., alumni records,
- grades on peer-graded papers that have not been collected and recorded.
Letters of Recommendation
Statements made by a person providing a recommendation that derive from that person's own observation or knowledge do not require a written release from the student who is the subject of the recommendation. However, if personally identifiable information obtained from a student's education record is included in a letter of recommendation (grades, GPA, etc.), the writer is required to obtain a signed release from the student which:
- specifies the records that may be disclosed,
- states the purpose of the disclosure, and
- identifies the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure can be made.
Since the letter of recommendation would be part of the student's education record, the student has the right to read it – unless he/she has waived that right of access.
Health and Safety Exception
Institutions may take into consideration circumstances pertaining to the health and safety of a student or other individuals to disclose information from education records without a student's consent. If the institution determines there is "articulable and significant threat" to the health and safety of the student or others, information from education records can be released "to any person whose knowledge of the situation is necessary to protect" the health and safety of the student or other individuals.
Outsourcing and Access to Education Records
Institutions are allowed to disclose education records without the student's consent to contractors, volunteers, and other non -employees performing institutional services and functions.
FERPA and Parents' Access to their Student's Education Records
- When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a post-secondary institution at any age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.
- Parents may obtain non-directory information (grades, GPA, etc.) at the discretion of the institution if the student is a dependent per federal tax law.
- Students may grant permission for Purdue University Fort Wayne Registrar staff to discuss matters including 1) class schedule and 2) midterm and final grade posting as reported by faculty by completing the Permission to Release Education Records The student completes the form and can designate a specific person to whom education records may be disclosed.
- Students may rescind permission for Purdue University Fort Wayne Registrar staff to discuss matters including 1) class schedule and 2) midterm and final grade posting as reported by faculty by completing the Request to Rescind Permission to Release Education Records
Call 260-481-6815 or email [email protected] for FERPA assistance.