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Student Rights Under FERPA

DePaul University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA​), which affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are as follows:

  1. The Right to Inspect Education Records. Students have the right to inspect and review education records within 45 days of the day that the university receives the request. Requests to inspect education records shall be in writing and directed to DePaul Central. Any such requests shall identify the records the student wishes to inspect.
  2. The Right to Request Amendment of Education Records. Students have the right to request amendment of the education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy rights. Students should direct any such requests to the university official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of privacy rights. If the university denies such a request, the student will be notified of the decision and advised of his/her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
  3. The Right to Consent to Disclosures. Students have the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in education records, except to the extent that privacy settings authorizes disclosure without consent. For example, one exception permits disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests.
  4. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic, 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 in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
  5. The Right to File a Complaint Under FERPA. Students have the right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The federal office that administers FERPA is:
  6. Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Ave., SW
    Washington, D.C. 20202-4605

Designation of Directory Information

Students are advised that notwithstanding the above, the university has designated certain information contained in the education records of its students as "Directory Information" for purposes of privacy settings.
Directory Information may include, but is not limited to, information such as the student's name, addresses (including email addresses), telephone number, date of birth, major, year of school, dates of attendance at the university, full or part-time status, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, photographs (including identification pictures), videos depicting and/or concerning university life, degrees and awards received, and previous educational institution(s) attended.

Student Rights to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information

Any student wishing to prevent disclosure of directory information must do so in Campus Connect.

Campus Connect > Student Center > Personal Information > Privacy Settings > FERPA Restrictions
  • Students are advised that previously printed documents (or documents already prepared and/or sent for publication prior to the student initiated hold) may contain directory information as it was consented to before the student limited disclosure.

Once the student places a restriction on the release of directory information, the restriction remains in effect permanently, unless rescinded by the student. For this reason, students are encouraged to review their FERPA privacy settings periodically.

In the event that no restriction is filed, the university will assume that the student does not object to the release of directory information.​