The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

For more information regarding FERPA, visit the U.S. Department of Education or review the Office of the Registrar’s notification of student privacy rights, which is sent to all active CU students every fall and spring semester.Applicability

At CU, FERPA protections go into effect on the first day of classes of your first term of enrollment. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution. Former students have the same FERPA protections regarding their education records; however, they may no longer request that a privacy status be placed on them.

Your Rights

FERPA affords students who have attended a post-secondary institution the following rights related to their education records:

  • Inspect and review information in your education record
  • Request amendment of your education record
  • Consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information in your education record
  • File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education (Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202)

A student can grant permission to an individual to have access to the educational record by completing a request with Office of the Registrar.


Directory Information

Directory Information Education institutions are permitted by FERPA to disclose directory information for currently enrolled students without the consent of the student unless the student requests that his/her information not be disclosed during an academic year. The following is considered directory information at Cheyney University:

  1. Student name
  2. Address
  3. Telephone numbers(s)
  4. E-mail address
  5. Place of birth
  6. Photographs
  7. Major and other fields of study
  8. Dates of attendance
  9. Enrollment status (e.g. full-time, part-time)
  10. Class level (e.g. Freshman, Sophomore)
  11. Previous institutions attended
  12. Awards and Honors


FERPA Release Form