privacy rights

FERPA Release Form

Notification of rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. The rights are listed below.

The rights are as follows:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within forty-five days of the day SFAI receives a request for access. Students should submit written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect to the Registration and Records Office or to the Dean of Academic Affairs. The Director of Registration and Records will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the SFAI administrator to whom the request was submitted, that administrator shall advise the student of the correct administrator to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of those student education records which the student believes to be inaccurate or misleading. The student should write the SFAI official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.
  • If SFAI decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, SFAI will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.*
  • The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failures by SFAI to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
US Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

*An example of an exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by SFAI in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position; a person or company with whom SFAI has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. 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. Upon request, SFAI can also disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.