The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 guarantees each student the right to know what information the University maintains about individual students and the right to ensure the accuracy of that information. The written institutional policy is as follows:
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students the right to consent to disclosure (release) of personally identifiable information with respect to their educational records. Trevecca Nazarene University designates the following categories of student record information as public or directory information: student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, previous school(s) or college(s), dates of attendance, class, major field of study, awards, honors, degree(s), expected date of completion, full- or part-time enrollment status, past and present participation in officially recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of athletes.
Students may restrict the release of directory information listed above by submitting a written request to the Office of Academic Records during the first two weeks of the Fall Semester.
Trevecca Nazarene University is subject to the provisions of the FERPA (Buckley Amendment) that affords to students certain rights of access to educational records and imposes obligations on the University in the release and disclosure of those records to third parties. The Buckley Amendment regulations, however, allow the University to provide academic progress reports and other academic information to parents if the student is the parent’s dependent for federal income tax purposes.
Trevecca Nazarene University informs students annually through the Student Handbook of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. This act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, was designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings, and to establish guidelines for the release of or access to student records. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Right and Privacy Act Office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.