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Shenandoah is committed to protecting the privacy of every student’s education records. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is the central piece of legislation that provides guidelines for protecting the privacy of a student’s education records.
FERPA is a federal law, also known as the Buckley Amendment. FERPA applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education, including Shenandoah University.
Education records, as defined by FERPA, include, but are not limited to:
Under FERPA, students have the following rights:
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FERPA rights regarding a student’s educational records belong to the parent unless the student is 18 or older or attending any school beyond the secondary level. SU may release student information to parents if:
Restrictions or permissions related to the sharing of educational records extend to Shenandoah alumni, as well, so any requests you make will remain in effect until you request a change in writing.
The information above is only a brief summary of the detailed federal law. For more information, please visit http://www.ed.gov/legislation/FedRegister/finrule/2008-4/120908a.pdf
Under FERPA, Shenandoah may release directory information about students without notifying the student. Shenandoah defines directory information as:
The university may disclose any of those items without prior written consent, unless notified in writing to the contrary. You may opt out of sharing directory information by completing the Request to Withhold Directory Information form in the Registrar’s Office. However, we urge you to think carefully about such a request. If you make this request, we will not be able to publish news releases about student achievements, include you in articles about sports achievements, or print your information in the commencement brochure, for example. The university's withholding of directory information may have unexpected or undesirable ramifications. Please contact the Registrar’s Office for more information.
Please understand that restrictions on directory information and the sharing
of educational records extend to Shenandoah alumni, as well, so any requests you
make will remain in effect until you request a change in writing. If you do not
remove the restriction when you graduate, we will not be able to confirm any
association with Shenandoah to future employers or graduate schools, for
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