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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, afford students and alumni 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. Students should submit to the Office of the University Registrar written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The Registrar's office will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate or misleading. Students who believe that their education records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or is otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights, may discuss their problems informally with the University Registrar. If the decision is in agreement with the students' requests, the appropriate records will be amended. If not, the students will be notified within a reasonable period of time that the records will not be amended and will be informed by the Office of the University Registrar of their right to a formal hearing. 
  • 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. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, loan servicing agent, or the National Student Clearinghouse); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee (such as a disciplinary or grievance committee) or assisting a school official in performing his or her tasks.
  • The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office, US Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605 concerning alleged failures by Nova Southeastern University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Nova Southeastern University hereby designates the following student information as public or "Directory Information." Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion. Please know, however, that Nova Southeastern University's directory information policy is to never release this information to any third-party vendors.

Disclosed information may include:

  • Student name
  • Local and home address
  • Telephone numbers
  • Photo ID 
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in Sports
  • Place of birth
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees, Honors and awards received
  • Enrollment Status
  • Year in School
  • Anticipated Graduation Date
  • Email addresses

RELEASE OF STUDENT INFORMATION

Students can give consent to permit Nova Southeastern University to discuss and/or release personal identifiable information to a third party, such as a spouse, a parent, a guardian, etc. This consent must be provided in writing with the student's signature. To provide written consent, submit a completed Authorization for Release of Information form.

Students may also withhold directory information (as defined above) by submitting a completed Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form. Students are warned; however, prior to making a decision to withhold personally-identifiable data, that undesirable consequences frequently occur. Names of students on the Dean's List are not published, names are not listed in commencement bulletins, requests from prospective employers are denied, and the student cannot be communicated with over the telephone. Completed forms may be mailed to Nova Southeastern University, Office of the University Registrar, 3301 College Avenue, Fort Lauderdale, FL 33314, dropped off at a One-Stop Shop location in the Horvitz or Terry Administration Buildings, or scanned and emailed to nsuregistrar@nova.edu

DECEASED STUDENT RECORDS

Records of deceased students will be made available to the parent(s), spouse, or executor/executrix of the deceased student and other authorized parties upon written request. The request must include the need for the records; must identify the requestor's relationship to the deceased student; and must be accompanied with an official record certifying authorization to receive the student records (i.e., assignment as executor/executrix). An official copy of the death certificate must accompany the request, if the university does not have prior notice of the student's death. The university reserves the right to deny the request.

For further assistance on this matter, students should contact the Office of the University Registrar's Office.

At NSU, the above FERPA rights are afforded to both current students as well as alumni.

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