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FERPA Essentials for Faculty and Advisors

What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law designed to protect the privacy of student records. It is also known as the Buckley Amendment and gives students the rights to:

  • Inspect and review their education records.
  • Request a correction to their education records.
  • Request that the institution does not disclose directory information about them.
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education.

What is Directory Information at the College of Mount Saint Vincent? 
At the College of Mount Saint Vincent, the Directory Information includes the following information:

  • a student’s name
  • College email address
  • major field of study
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • dates of attendance
  • degrees
  • honors and awards received
What Does the FERPA Mean for Faculty and Advisors at the College of Mount Saint Vincent? 
How FERPA applies to faculty and advisors is summarized as follows:
  • Only access those student records you need in the course of normal business.
  • Do not post grades publicly.
  • Only post grades in SSB or email directly to the student if requested to their CMSV issued email account from your CMSV email account.
  • Do not release any non-directory information without written authorization from the student, not even to a student’s parent’s or legal guardians.
More Information
If you need additional information or training regarding the FERPA for Faculty and Advisors at the College of Mount Saint Vincent, please contact the Registrar, Jeannette Pichardo