The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ education records.  The term “education records” means those records that are:  (1) directly related to a student; and (2) maintained by an education agency or postsecondary institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution.  At the postsecondary level, FERPA affords eligible students with certain rights.  FERPA defines an “eligible student” as a student who has reached 18 years of age or is attending an institution of postsecondary education at any age.

With exceptions such as those noted in this section, FERPA affords postsecondary students the right to inspect and review their education records, the right to seek to have their records amended and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from their education records.

These rules apply to all education records a school keeps, including admissions records (only if the student was admitted), academic records, and any financial aid records pertaining to the student. 

In accordance with FERPA guidelines, Make-up Designory (MUD) has established designated directory information in the school’s student records.  Directory information is defined as information that is not generally considered to be harmful or an invasion of privacy.  This school’s directory information includes students’ names, dates of attendance, receipt of certificate or diploma, enrollment status (e.g. graduate or full-time), and courses of study.  Student records and personal information beyond that which is classified as directory information may not be released without the express, written consent of the student.  Each student will be required to complete a release form that grants authorization to a specific person or persons to whom information beyond directory information may be released.  This may include, but is not limited to, a parent, legal guardian, or co-borrower.