FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). This law protects the privacy of student education records with respect to data and information collected by Stevens, and the University’s practices and procedures that protect those rights. FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds through an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education, and thus most postsecondary schools are covered by FERPA.
Stevens’ FERPA Policy provides procedures for Stevens students to assert their rights to:
(a) inspect and review their education records;
(b) seek amendment of their education records;
(c) consent to disclosures of information contained in their education records; and
(d) file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning compliance with the requirements of FERPA.
The FERPA Policy also (i) lists categories of information designated by Stevens as “directory information,” which is information that may be made available to the general public unless the Office of the Registrar receives notification in writing that the information should be kept confidential; (ii) makes clear that University officials may only access, use, discuss, release and disclose education records when they have a legitimate educational need to the information as required by their job duties and (iii) describes the circumstances under which Stevens may disclose a student’s education records without the student’s consent.
A FERPA Release form, which students may use to authorize the release of their education records, is available on the Office of the Registrar’s website.
Students who wish to file a complaint under FERPA should do so in writing, addressed to the Family Policy Compliance Office:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
For additional information about FERPA and the FERPA Policy, please contact the Office of the Registrar:
Office of the Registrar
Stevens Institute of Technology
Howe Center, 10th Floor
Hoboken, NJ 07030
Email: [email protected]