Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights.
  3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by Emerson College to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
  5. The right to obtain a copy of Emerson College's student records policy.

Directory Information

Emerson College has designated the following information as Directory Information:

  • name
  • name of parent(s)/guardian(s)
  • address
  • telephone number
  • dates of attendance
  • degrees earned
  • dates of degrees
  • awards/honors/scholarships
  • major and concentrations
  • sports and activities
  • height and weight of members of athletic teams
  • photograph
  • advisor
  • computer user name

The College may disclose any of those items without prior written consent unless notified in writing to the contrary. Students wishing to withhold the disclosure of any aspects of the above-mentioned Directory Information must file a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information Form, available at the Registrar's Office.

For a step-by-step tutorial on maintaining confidentiality of student records, visit the Registrar's Office website.