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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended details the access of student records held and maintained by educational institutions. The law further requires that parents or eligible students be notified of the types of records held and officials responsible for such records.
Parents have the right of access, review and challenge for elementary and secondary students (under the age of 18). The student assumes the rights of the parents at age 18 or upon attendance at a post-secondary institution. However, if the student is considered dependent (according to the 1954 Internal Revenue Code), both the student and parents have access rights. A student’s records will be released to parents only after receipt of reasonable proof of dependency.
Pursuant to Section 99.13, students have the right of access to all educational records except those specifically excluded under the amendments to the Privacy Act. The following materials are specifically exempted from access by students: (1) Personal notes of teachers and administrators, provided these notes are not available to a third party other than a teacher’s substitute; (2) Law Enforcement Records, to include those of the campus police force; (3) Medical, psychological and counseling records. The privacy of student medical records is protected by Ohio law and they are not available to anyone except those providing the treatment. These records are excluded from FERPA as long as they are used only for treatment and are not used for educational purposes. Student medical and counseling records are also excluded from the provisions of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).
In addition to the above excepted information, students may not inspect financial information submitted by their parents, nor may they inspect confidential letters of reference placed in the file prior to January 1, 1975.
The student does have the right of access upon request to all other educational records and files which are directly related to the student with proper identification. This includes all admissions records, registration files, financial aid materials (excluding financial information submitted by their parents as mentioned above), housing files, discipline records and any athletic records.
University employees who have an “educational need to know” and others with the expressed consent of the student also have the right of access to a student’s records. In compliance with Section 99.5 of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, the following information is published for all students at Xavier University.
Types of Records and Officials Responsible for Maintenance of Records
Requests for the following records should be directed to the appropriate office at Xavier University, 3800 Victory Parkway, Cincinnati, Ohio 45207-1092.
||Title of Official
||Director of Admissions
||Office of Graduate Services
||Assistant Director, Psychology
||Director, MBA program
||Director, Executive MBA program
|I-20, Visa, Immigration Papers
||International Student Services
||Alumni Relations Director
||Office of Vice Provost for Student Life and Leadership
||Director of Residence Life
||Director of Financial Aid
||Director, McGrath Health & Wellness Center
||Director, Psychological Services Center
||Chair, Department of Education
Review and Expunging of Records
Each of the offices listed has review procedures and methods of expunging inaccurate data which are particular to the type of records kept and to the specific purpose for which they are maintained. Specific procedures can be determined by contacting the official of the office concerned.
Procedures for Challenging Content of Records
The procedures for challenging content of any specific record for reasons of inaccuracy of bias can be either informal or formal hearings. Student requests for a formal hearing must be made in writing to the appropriate vice president who, within a reasonable period of time after receiving such requests, will inform the student of the date, place and time of the hearing. The parents and/ or student have the right to present evidence that the challenged material is inaccurate, misleading, or in any way inappropriate for the particular file. Correction of the material or deletion of the material should be requested. Decisions rendered at the hearing will be final, and will be based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The appropriate vice president will summarize the evidence, state the decision, and state the reasons for the decision. This written report will be delivered to all parties concerned.
Cost of Reproducing Files
Students have a right to request and receive copies of all accessible materials with certain exceptions, e.g., a copy of the official academic record for which a financial “hold” exists. The cost of reproduction shall be borne by the requesting party, and shall not exceed the cost to the institution. The current charge for photocopying must be paid per page, per copy. The current charge for transcripts must be paid for a complete copy of the academic record.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) permits the public release of what is termed “directory information.” For Xavier University’s purposes, this information includes the following: the student’s name, all addresses (including email) and telephone listings, date and place of birth, any photographs including All Card photo, major field of study, number of hours registered and full or part-time status, class standing (freshman, sophomore, junior, senior, graduate), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees awarded and total hours earned, special honors and awards, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student.
A request for nondisclosure of the “directory information” must be filed with the Office of the Registrar, and will be honored by the institution until the student asks to have it removed, whether or not the student is currently registered. Upon the death of a student, all privacy holds are removed.