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FERPA

Confidentiality and Release of Student Records

Student educational records at The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, LLC. are governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and its implementing regulations. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.

Students should submit to the Registrar or other appropriate official written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s educational records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise 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.

  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the students educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

You must consent to the release of any of personally identifiable information other than “Directory Information” to any person or agency, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent.  Your consent must be in writing, signed and dated.  The consent must specify the information to be released, the reason for release, and names of the individual or agency to whom the information is to be released.

You have the right to withhold the disclosure of any or all of the categories of “Directory Information” as defined by FERPA including your name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance.  However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest.  A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position; a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agency); 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;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena; 
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

Upon request, the University discloses educational records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. (Note: FERPA requires that the University make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request).

  • The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning alleged failures by The University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences, LLC. to comply with requirements of FERPA.  The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
US Department of Education
600 Independence Ave., SW
Washington, DC  20202-4605

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