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:
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:
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. Beginning in the spring of 2023, students can manage this consent in Self-Service Banner/SharkLink.
Students may enter another person's name, type of information access, and duration of information access. For instance, students may enter the name of a close family member, their relationship to that person, the person's telephone number and email address, as well as the type of access the student wishes to grant that person. Types of access include academic, financial aid, student account, and disciplinary related information. Students are also able to designate specific dates of permitted access in case they wish to give certain individuals access for a certain time period only.
This new process eliminates the need to complete and submit a paper form each time students wish to make a change to their release of information data. It allows students to view and manage the information about who they wish to authorize 24/7 while allowing NSU administrators to view this information promptly.
Students may click on the button below to submit their Release of Information Consent and view the video for detailed instructions.
Students may also withhold directory information (as defined above) by submitting a completed Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form.
Students must recognize that prior to making the decision to withhold directory information, undesirable consequences may occur. These could include: the student's name not published on the Dean's List, name not listed in the commencement program, requests denied from prospective employers, and the student cannot be communicated with over the telephone. The only legal means of communicating with a student who submitted a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form is in person or through NSU email.
Completed forms may be mailed to Nova Southeastern University, Office of the University Registrar, 3300 S. University Drive, Fort Lauderdale, FL, 33328-2004, dropped off at a One-Stop Shop location in the Horvitz or Terry Administration Buildings, or scanned and emailed to email@example.com.
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.