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FERPA & Student Record Confidentiality

Confidentiality of Student Records

Mount St. Mary's University complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, and any regulation promulgated thereunder. A copy of the Mount St. Mary's University institutional compliance statement is located in the Registrar's Office and will be made available upon request.

Notification of Student Rights under FERPA

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records. They are:

  1. The right for the student to inspect and review their educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should contact the Registrar's Office to schedule an appointment to review their educational records and receive an explanation or interpretation of the records requested.
  2. The right for the student to request amendment of their records to ensure that they are accurate and not in violation of their privacy or rights.
  3. The right for the student to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right for the student to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures of Mount St. Mary's University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Students and others who wish to have specific information regarding their rights of access to institutional educational records maintained in their name should contact the Office of the Registrar at 301-447-5215.

Directory Information and Confidentiality of Student Records

Mount St. Mary's University may disclose any information deemed as strong>Directory Information without prior consent unless notified in writing to the contrary. Mount St. Mary's University has designated the following information as Directory Information:

  • Name
  • Address
  • Telephone Number
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Previous Institutions Attended
  • Major Fields of Study
  • Enrollment Status
  • Awards
  • Honors
  • Degree(s) conferred (including dates)
  • Date and Place of Birth.

Students wishing to prevent disclosure of any aspects of the directory information must file a "Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information". This form is available in the Registrar's Office and online (below). The form must be submitted to the Registrar's Office by 5 p.m. on the last day to add classes as listed in the Academic Calendar. Please consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold a category of directory information. Should you instruct the institution not to release any or all of this "Directory Information", any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused. This includes potential employers who want verification of your degree(s). Regardless of the effect upon you, the institution assumes no liability for honoring your instructions that such information be withheld.

Mount St. Mary's University will annually inform students of FERPA as amended. Forms to withhold information will be considered valid throughout the student's active enrollment in the college. Any changes must be made in writing.