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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

What are the basic rules governing student education records?

  • Student educational records are considered confidential. These records may not be released without the written consent of the student.
  • Faculty and staff members are responsible for protecting the educational records in their possession.
  • Some information, called "Directory Information," is considered public and may be released without the student's written permission. However, the student may exercise the option to consider this information confidential as well. Directory Information includes the student's: name, address, phone, dates of attendance, degrees received, major program, height and weight (if an athlete), e-mail address, enrollment status, campus, school, college, division, class standing, and awards.
  • Faculty and staff members have access to student information only for legitimate use in completion of their responsibilities as University employees. Obtaining this kind of information is on a "need to know" basis is a guiding principle.
  • The Office of the Registrar is responsible for student record information.
  • If there is any question about how to handle student educational records, or whether or not any student information should be released, faculty and staff members should immediately contact the Office of University Counsel at 323-343-3054 or by e-mail.

Lesson 4: CSULA Policy about Student Education Records ►

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