» Privacy Rights

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Chapman University is committed to the protection and confidentiality of student educational records, adhering closely to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - a federal legislation established to regulate access and maintenance of student educational records. Educational records for the most part include, with certain exceptions, all records maintained in any medium, which can identify the student.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords student certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. (It is important to note that all rights to access move to the student when that student is in a post-secondary education institution; parents, spouses, and significant others have no inherent right to access to student educational records.)

One of those exceptions permitted by FERPA is the release of Directory Information to parties outside the institution. Directory Information is defined as information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. 

 Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying the Registrar in writing. Students with “holds” are noted in the Student Information System; release of “directory Hold” records to third parties or acknowledging that such students are at Chapman is prohibited without the student’s written permission to do so.


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