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For Families

DePaul is committed to maintaining student records privacy, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Students are responsible for setting and maintaining their FERPA directory release preferences in Campus Connect.

Students are encouraged to communicate directly with their parents and/or family members regarding academic progress and other important issues. Students have access to view and print such information as their schedule, grades, financial aid award, and account balances and payments through Campus Connect.

Review the following for additional information on FERPA:

​Why does DePaul have to comply?

FERPA is a law that applies to all institutions that receive any kind of funding, such as financial aid or research grants, administered by the Department of Education. Failure to comply with the law might result in our loss of funds from the Department.​

What is an education record?

An Education Record is a record that is directly related to a student and maintained by the university. An Education Record can exist in any media, including handwritten notes, print, digital, audio, video, photograph, film, etc.​

What is public (or directory) information under FERPA?

Directory Information at DePaul includes: name, address, email, telephone number, date of birth, college of enrollment, year in school, major, enrollment status (including current enrollment, dates of attendance, full-time/part-time, withdrawn), degrees, awards and honors received (e.g., Dean's List recognition), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photographs (including ID pictures), videos depicting and/or concerning university life, and previous educational institutions attended.​

What information cannot be made public?

Directory information never includes a student's race, gender, social security number, grades, GPA, country of citizenship or religion.​

Can I see my student's class and/or grade information?

DePaul provides students access to this information through Campus Connect. It is a student's right to determine with whom to share this information. Students have access to this information 24/7.​

Will faculty members have access to my student's grades?

Faculty members do not have access to students' past grades. The only exception to this would be a faculty member who also serves as a student's academic advisor. This information is to be used for advising purposes only.​

Can student workers access other students' records?

Yes, but only under very strict conditions that require their need to know to perform a task as found in their specific job descriptions.​

If a student has chosen to restrict degree information in Campus Connect, will potential employers be able to see that they have graduated?

Third parties are required to go through the National Student Clearinghouse for degree verification. If a student has requested to restrict degree information, the Clearinghouse will require the student's signature each time this information is requested. The FERPA restriction in effect at the time of degree conferral remains on the student's Clearinghouse record.​