The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law which states that a written policy be established and made available regarding the privacy rights of students. DSU complies with this law by not giving access to or disclosing any information, except directory information, from student's educational records without the written consent of the student. DSU considers the following as directory information: student name, address, email address, telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the most recent previous educational agency attended, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams. Exceptions to this policy can be found in the DSU Policy Manual available online at http://www.dsu.edu/. Students may withhold release of directory information by notifying Student Services in writing at the beginning of each term they are enrolled.

Academic advisors/faculty members are required by FERPA to follow these guidelines:

  • Advisors should not release academic information to outside parties, including parents, without the written consent of the student.
  • Advisors may discuss confidential information with other appropriate individuals, such as deans or Student Development staff, in an effort to help advisees. Care should be exercised when giving any such information out over the telephone as it may be difficult to determine the caller's identity.
  • Advisors may release personal information if they believe a student intends to harm either himself/herself or others.
  • Faculty cannot post grades by student ID number, by student name, or by any other means that identifies the student.

For further information regarding FERPA policies, you may consult the University Catalog.


Last Updated: 7/31/12