SMU and Residence Life & Student Housing (RLSH) values privacy. Therefore, we adhere to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). The FERPA of 1974 helps protect the privacy of student education records. FERPA provides the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records. The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records.
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FERPA states that no personally identifiable information from a student’s education record will be disclosed to any third party without written consent from the student. Several exceptions exist, including these selected examples:
- Information defined by SMU as directory information may be released unless the student sends a written request to the registrar that it be withheld.
- Information authorized by a student through my.SMU.
Information may be released to a parent or guardian if the student is declared financially dependent upon the parent or guardian as set forth in the Internal Revenue Code.
SMU understands that many undergraduate students want to allow their parents access to all or some of their education records. Students now have the ability to provide their consent for access to their records by using the Release of Education Records feature under the Profile tile in my.SMU, SMU’s student information system.
Once release authorization is granted, some records are available online through the parents’ own confidential access to my.SMU. Other records are available by contacting the office holding the records, such as RLSH.