The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. FERPA governs the release of these records (known as education records) maintained by an educational institution, as well as the access to these records.
It is the policy of Liberty University, in accordance with FERPA, to withhold personally identifiable information contained in our students’ educational records unless the student has consented to disclosure through Liberty's FERPA Personal Identification Number (PIN) system. Directory information, which is not generally considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed, may be disclosed to the public. However, private information, such as grades, class schedules, the student’s account, and financial aid awards may not be released without express consent from the student.
Using Liberty's FERPA PIN system, the student may grant permission to release some or all private information to persons in which he or she designates. This can be accessed through the student's ASIST account. Go to the General Information tab on ASIST, and then select the FERPA Personal Identification Number menu option. Please read the standards below to understand the role of Liberty University and the student.
Liberty abides by the FERPA guidelines outlined by the U.S. Department of Education, for further information in regards to this act please refer to their official FAQ page.
Students Have the Right To:
Liberty University Employees may not disclose student education records (as defined below) to unauthorized parties:
Liberty University may disclose personally identifiable information, without consent of the student, to:
Good Rules to follow:
The University FERPA Compliance Manager will:
Definitions (Directory Information as defined by Liberty University):
Student education records are:
How to Request to View a Copy of a Document from your File at Liberty University:
Protection under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords a student the right to view his or her educational records at Liberty University. The process to do so is as follows:
A student may request to view an item from his or her file in three different ways:
Liberty will normally supply the requested document(s) to the student within two business days. A copy of the document will normally be provided to the student in the same fashion as it was requested.
There are certain items in which Liberty will not supply a copy without a special exception granted by the Registrar (i.e. transcripts from other institutions). It's expected that if a student needs a copy of a transcript from another institution that they will request it from the institution itself.