SMU encourages students to share information with their parents and family members,
if they wish. With our new
on-line system, students will be able to provide families with
faster access to parts of their education record as permitted by the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. The system is available
almost 24/7. To grant access to family members, please refer
to the Release of Education Records.
Below is a list of FERPA
forms that will need to be submitted in person
University Registrar’s Office.
* Please note that a valid picture ID is required for
FERPA Form - Student's Consent for SMU to Release Information to Student's Specified Third Party: A
student may release education records and/or other specified
information to a specifically identified individual/party or class of
parties for a specified purpose of release. A separate
release must be filed for each individual request.
FERPA Form - Parent's Declaration of Student's Dependency to Obtain Student Education Records:
FERPA also permits, but does not require, SMU to disclose to parents
of a student information contained in the education records of the
student if the student is a dependent as defined in the Internal
Revenue Code. The parent must complete a declaration of student
dependency form along with a written request for the records.
Students requesting letters of recommendation or professional
references, must provide faculty with written authorization
Sample Permission Letter ),
if personally identifiable information obtained from students'
education records is included in letters of recommendation (grades,
For more information on each
of these forms, contact the University Registrar’s Office at (214)768-2038 or