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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Herzing University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 which is designed to protect the students’ rights regarding educational records maintained by the institution. Under FERPA, a student has the following rights:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s educational record within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. A student should submit to the Registrar or other appropriate academic official, a written request that identifies the record(s) he or she wishes to view. The University official will decide whether to grant a request for access to the record and if granted, notify the student of the time and place where the records may be viewed. After further review, the student has the right to request an amendment of his or her record if he or she believes there are any inaccuracies. The student will need to make a formal written request to the Registrar’s Office and specify the revisions that need to be made.
  2. The right to seek amendment to the record if the student believes the information to be inaccurate or misleading. If, upon review, the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing to appeal the decision regarding the request for amendment.
  3. The right to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information, known as Directory Information. All student educational records are kept confidential and cannot be released without the student’s consent except for directory information. A student may, however, request that his or her directory information also be kept confidential. To do so the student must submit a written request to the Registrar’s Office. Written requests to keep directory information confidential may be submitted at any time, including after separation from the University.

Herzing University’s Directory Information:

  • Student’s name
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Herzing sponsored email address
  • Program of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Enrollment Status
  • Degrees, Diplomas, Honors, and Awards received
  • Photographs
  • Previously attended educational institutions
  • Participation in officially recognized activities
  • Date of birth

FERPA permits disclosure without consent to certain groups, including school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, or research, and support staff position. Other persons or organizations that are allowed access to student records without consent from the student include agencies providing students financial aid, certain federal, state and accrediting agencies carrying out their function, persons in compliance with a judicial order, and persons who, in emergency, seek to protect the health or safety of students or other persons.

A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

Upon request, the University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Confidential information can be released directly to the student; however, it cannot be released directly to the student’s family members (e.g., parents, spouses, etc.) without the written consent of the student. Written requests for release of information to a third-party may be submitted at any time and are generally valid for 60 days after submission unless otherwise specified.

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Herzing University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520

Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)


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