The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended requires that students be advised of their rights concerning education records and of the information that the University of California, Riverside (UCR) has deemed directory information (public information).
Your Rights as a Student
FERPA governs and protects your rights to your individual education records. The primary rights protected under FERPA are:
- the right to inspect and review your education records
- the right to seek amendment to your education records
- the right to consent to the disclosure of your education records
- the right to obtain a copy of UCR’s FERPA policy
Education records are all records that 1) are maintained by UCR and 2) are related to the student with the following exceptions:
- Personal notes by faculty or staff which are not shared with others
- Law enforcement/public safety records maintained solely for law enforcement purposes
- Employment records where employment is not connected to student status (ex: Work study student employee records would be covered by FERPA)
- Records related to the treatment by a health care professional and used only for the medical/health treatment of the student
Your academic advisor cannot release details about your academic status, record, or other information without your explicit written permission. To release this information, you need to contact your advisor and file a release form, available in the Office of Student Academic Affairs, Bourns A159C.