Privacy Rights and FERPA Notification

RUSM respectsthe rights and privacyof its students and acknowledge the responsibility to maintain confidentiality of personally identifiable information.

FERPAis a federal law that affords students the following rights with respect to their education records.  These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records

Students have the right to review their educationrecords within 45 days of the day the institutionreceives theirrequest. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, or head of the academic department a written request that identifies the record(s)they wish to inspect. The institution officialwill make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the official to whom the request is submitted does not maintain the records, that official will advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  1. Theright to seek anamendment of inaccurate or misleadinginformation

Following the hearing, if the institution still decides not to amend the record, the student has a right to place a clarifying statement in the record.

  1. The right to limit disclosure of personally identifiable information

Students have the right to consent to disclosureof personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception that permits disclosurewithout consent is disclosure to a school official who has a legitimate educational interest.  A schoolofficial is a person employed by the institutionin an administrative, supervisory, academic,research, or support staff position (including campus security, incident commandersand health staff)or a student serving on an official committee, such as adisciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include an Adtalem Global Education colleague, a volunteer, or contractor outside of the institution who performs an institutional service or function for which the institution would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the institution with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, intern or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another school official in performing their tasks. School officials have a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities for the institution.

Another exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure of directory information.Directory information is not considered to be harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. See the Directory Information section for additional information.

  1. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if the institution failsto comply with FERPArequirements

 

Complaints should be directed to:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U.S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington,DC20202-4605

Phone: 1-800-USA-LEARN (1-800-872-5327)

 

DIRECTORY INFORMATION

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) designates certain student information as “Directory Information” and gives the institution the right to disclose such information without having to ask students’ permission.  The items listed below as “Directory Information” may be released for any purpose at the discretion of the institution. Under the provisions of FERPA, students have the right to withhold the disclosure of any or all of the categories of information listed below. The following information will be released unless students specifically request that their information be withheld:

To Withhold Information

To have directory information withheld, students must submit a written request to the Registrar. Once filed, this request becomes a permanent part of the student’s record and no informationmay be released until the student instructs the institution otherwise.