Policies & Procedures

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Confidentiality of Records

Indiana University, in compliance with the campus-wide General Education Provisions Act, Section 438, titled Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), provides that all student records are confidential. An implicit and justifiable assumption of trust is placed in the School of Education as custodian of personal data submitted by students entering the School or generated during their enrollment. This mutual relationship of trust between the School of Education and the individual student requires that such data be held in confidence.

Confidential academic information is released by the School of Education only to the student and to person(s) whom the student authorizes in writing to be appropriate recipients of the information. Students may review their records upon request and may ask for deletions or corrections of the record in a hearing process described in detail in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct. References, recommendations, and other similar documents may carry a voluntary waiver relinquishing the student’s right to review this specific material. The student may also release the record to others by signing a written release available in the offices that maintain records. Further details regarding the provisions of the Privacy Act and a list of offices where student records are kept may be found in the Code of Student Rights, Responsibilities, and Conduct.

Upon request of a third party, certain information is made available to the public by the Office of the Registrar. Public information is limited to name; university e-mail address; campus, school, college or division; class standing; major field of study; dates of attendance; activities; admissions or enrollment status; degrees and awards; and sports and athletic information. Records of arrests and/or convictions and traffic accident information are public information and may be released to anyone making inquiry. Public information shall be released freely unless the student files the appropriate form requesting that certain public information not be released. 

Additional information can be obtained at the website of the Office of the Registrar under Student Privacy and FERPA.

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