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  Dec 17, 2017
 
 
    
2012-2013 Walden University Student Handbook (JUNE 2013) [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Notification of FERPA Rights


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Walden University retains its academic records based on the guidelines recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers (AACRAO).

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include the following:

  1. The right to inspect and review their education records within 45 calendar days of when the university receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar a written request identifying the records they want to inspect. The registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the students of when and how the records will be made available for inspection. The university may charge a fee for copies of records.
     
  2. The right to request the amendment of their education records that students believe are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of student privacy rights under FERPA. Students should write to the registrar, clearly identify the part of their records they want changed, and specify why that change should be made. If the university decides not to amend a record as requested, the university notifies the student of the decision and advises 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.
     
  3. The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information contained in their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university 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 to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the university. Upon request, the university also discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
     
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The office that administers FERPA is

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901