Student Educational Records
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets out requirements designed to protect the privacy of students concerning their records maintained by the campus. FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
• The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access.
• The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.
• The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests, including but not limited to administrative, academic, or support personnel (including law enforcement and health services); University attorneys, auditors, or collection agents; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
• The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The Office’s address is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, Washington, D.C. 20202
In addition, Stony Brook University is authorized to release “Directory Information” concerning students. Directory Information includes: student’s name, addresses, telephone numbers, major field of study, class, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, likenesses used in University publications, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received and previous institutions attended.
Currently enrolled students have the right to have this directory information withheld from the public if they so desire. Forms requesting the withholding of directory information are available at the Registrar’s Office, 2nd floor of the Administration Building. At least ten days should be allowed for processing of these requests.