The following notice is a summary of the right of students under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) also known as the “Buckley Amendment”. Additional information regarding FERPA is available in the University student handbook.
1. Review and Inspection of Records
Students have the right to review and inspect their educational records as defined in Section VII of the Policy within a reasonable time of a request to the custodian of those records. All requests to inspect records will be fulfilled within 45 days. The University has an obligation to respond to reasonable requests from students for explanation of their education records. If the student is unable to inspect personally his or her education record, the University is obligated to provide a copy of the record requested upon payment of a coping fee.
2. Right to Request an Amendment of Records
A student has the right to request that the University amend education records which the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student. The University will decide whether or not to amend such records and so inform the student.
3. Right to a Hearing to Challenge the Contents of Records
A student has the right to a hearing to challenge the contents of education records the student believes are inaccurate, misleading or in violation of the privacy or other rights of the student. The hearing is conducted by the Vice President for Academic Affairs. If the student prevails at the hearing, the student has the right to request an amendment to the record. Should the student not prevail, the student may enter an explanation in the records setting forth any reason(s) for disagreeing with the hearing decision.
4. Right to refuse Designation of Directory Information
At its discretion, Barry University may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of the Act to include:
* Address and telephone number
* Date and place of birth
* Photograph or likeness
* Electronic email address
* Major field of study
* Grade level (Undergraduate/Graduate)
* Enrollment status (full-time or part-time)
* Dates of attendance
* Degrees and awards received
* The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student
* Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
* Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Students may withhold directory information by notifying the registrar in writing no later than the 15th day of the academic semester (or the 5th day of a summer session). Requests for non-disclosure will remain in effect until you inform the registrar in writing to remove the block to designation and disclosure. You may send correspondence to:
Office of the Registrar
11300 NE 2nd Avenue
Miami Shores, Florida 33161-6695
5. Right to File a Complaint
Complaints regarding violations of the rights accorded students under this policy should be directed to the Vice President for Student Services. Complaints failing resolution internally may be filed directly with the Department of Education, 330 Independence Avenue, Washington D.C. 20201