Privacy Rights and FERPA Notification
RUSM follows the guidelines of the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and maintains student rights as outlined below:
- Right to Review. Students have the right to inspect and review educational records within 45 days of the date that RUSM receives a request for access. Students should submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar that identifies the records they wish to inspect. The Office of the Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
- Corrections. Students have the right to request the amendment of education records that they believe are inaccurate or misleading. Students should write to the Office of the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record they want corrected and specify why it is inaccurate.
- Hearings. If RUSM decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, RUSM 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 when the student is notified of the right to a hearing.
- Consent. Students have a right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education record, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- Disclosures without Consent. Disclosure can be made without consent to RUSM officials with legitimate educational interests who need to review a record in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities. A RUSM official is a person employed by RUSM in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom RUSM 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 conduct panel) or assisting a RUSM official. Upon request, RUSM may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- RUSM may disclose directory information upon request. Directory information includes:
- Name, address, telephone number,
- Email address,
- Date and place of birth,
- Dates of attendance,
- Previous institution(s) attended,
- Major field of study (program),
- Enrollment status,
- Degrees and awards,
- Past and present participation in officially recognized activities.
- Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by RUSM to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, D.C. 20202-8520
For further information, students may also contact the Family Policy Compliance Office directly at 1-800-USA- LEARN (1-800-872-5327) (voice). Individuals who use TDD may call 1-800-437-0833.
For more information http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.