The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended is a federal law which is designed to protect the privacy of and limit access to the educational records of students. This means that institutions generally must withhold such information from parents and others who believe their relationship with the student entitles them to have the information, sometimes even on occasions when the student prefers the information to be released. As a result, parents, guardians, or spouses often ask why they cannot have information about a student's grades, financial obligations, or standing with the University. Education records generally covered by federal privacy laws include grades, housing information, medical treatment (including hospitalization), enrollment and attendance information, financial status, results of disciplinary proceedings, etc.
If a student has not given permission to release information to someone, the University generally CANNOT release the information under the provisions of FERPA. The University is able to release information IF there is proof of the student's status as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Service Code for the period covered on file. However, tax returns on file with the University cover the preceding year; often the proof is out of date and may no longer be applicable.
Students grant Immaculata University permission to release information concerning their educational records to a third party by submitting the FERPA agreement form. Students must identify each individual to whom they wish to grant access/information regarding their student records. To identify people, students must log into SSIU via MyIU and fill out the FERPA Agreement. When it is submitted, the University will be able to disclose information and respond to inquiries from the designated individuals. The consent will remain valid until students leave the University; however, they may revise the consent information at any time.