Fordham University            The Jesuit University of New York

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)


Is a federal law, which provides regulations, regarding the access, review, amendment, and disclosure of student education records.   The Act also provides a student with the right to inspect and review his/her educational records, to challenge the contents therein, to request a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in the educational records if the student determines that the decision of the hearing panel is unacceptable.  The Act regulates the disclosure of student education records to other parties.


The University, at its discretion, may provide the following Directory Information: student’s name, addresses, telephone numbers, electronic mail addresses, photograph, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, class level, enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors and awards received, and the most recent educational agency or institution attended, and other such similar information. A student who wishes the University to withhold Directory Information from disclosure must notify the Office of Academic Records or Law School Registrar in writing within ten days after the first day of class each semester.

To review the March 2009 revised edition of the Fordham University Notification of Rights under FERPA, please click here.





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