The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 assigns to students who are 18 years of age or older, not the parent, certain privacy rights regarding their educational records. In general, this means that students need to give their permission for the release of information about their educational record, even to release information to parents.
Under FERPA, the following pieces of information are considered "directory," or public, information. This means that the information can be released to anyone, including parents, without the student's permission. Students do have the right, however, to prevent the release of even directory information. If students have exercised their right not to have directory information released, the University may not release it, even to parents, without the student's permission.
Directory information includes the following:
- Date of birth
- Place of birth
- Directory address and phone number
- Electronic mail address
- Mailing address
- Campus office address (for graduate students)
- Secondary mailing or permanent address
- Residence assignment and room or apartment number
- Specific quarters or semesters of registration at MACU
- MACU degree(s) awarded and dates
- Major(s), minor(s), and field(s)
- University degree honors
- Institution attended immediately prior to MACU
- ID card photographs (for University classroom use only)
All other information regarding a student is considered private and can be released only with the permission of the student. This includes information about courses in which the student is enrolled, grades received, locations of courses, academic standing information, financial aid information, student account information, etc.