Below are answers to some questions students frequently ask about FERPA.
As a student you have four primary rights under FERPA:
Directory information is information contained in the educational record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Information identified by the University of Baltimore as directory information that may be disclosed without prior written consent includes:
According to FERPA, while still enrolled, a student can request that the institution not release any directory information about him/her. At UB students who wish to restrict the release of directory information about him/herself must complete a Request to Withhold Directory Information form, available at the Office of Records & Registration, Academic Center 126, prior to the start of each semester. The completed form must be submitted in person to the registrar's office and must be accompanied by a photo I.D. The restriction will remain in effect until the student withdraws the request.
Students who wish to restrict the release of directory information should realize that this action could have negative consequences. The names of students who have restricted their directory information will not appear in the commencement bulletin and other university publications. Also, employers, credit card companies, loan agencies, scholarship committees and the like will be denied directory information and will be told "we have no information available about this person's attendance at UB."
Parents have no inherent rights to access or inspect their son or daughter's education records at the postsecondary level. This right is limited solely to the student. At UB, records may be released to parents only if:
General questions may be directed to the Office of Records and Registration or to the office responsible for the record in question.