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FERPA & Your Student Records

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) (20 USC 1232g, 34 CFR §99), also known as the Buckley Amendment, requires that educational institutions provide student access to, as well as maintain the privacy of, student educational records. This means that MICA's faculty and staff are required to treat all educational records in a manner in accordance with the law, and that student education records must not be disclosed to persons who do not meet the strict definition of a school official with a legitimate interest unless prior written consent has been given by the student. Some examples of confidential information protected under this law include:

  • Student class schedule
  • Grade point average
  • Grades and credits earned
  • Academic awards and honors

Under FERPA, education records and student records are clearly defined, and protection is granted to education records only. Institutions are allowed to select certain student record information as "directory information," and permit its release to inquiring parties without prior consent of the student. At MICA, directory information is defined as:

  • Student name
  • Major fields of study
  • E-mail address
  • Full- or part-time status
  • Address (permanent and local, including telephone numbers)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Class year
  • Degrees awarded

Each student has a right to restrict from release any or all of the above information by informing Enrollment Services in writing, and has the right to add or remove restrictions at any time.

To restrict directory information, please stop by Enrollment Services in Bunting Center or send a written request to the Enrollment Services, MICA, 1401 West Mount Royal Avenue, 2nd floor Bunting Center, Baltimore, MD 21217. Don't forget to include your signature.

To find out more about FERPA, stop by Enrollment Services or check out the following website: www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html