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Student Rights Under FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records (an “eligible student” under FERPA is a student who is 18 years of age or older or who attends a postsecondary institution). These rights include the following:

  • 1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the University of Montevallo receives a request for access.

    A student should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. Upon receipt of the request, the University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  • 2) The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.

    A student that seeks to amend a record should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record the student wants reviewed, and specify why it should be amended. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the student will be notified in writing of the decision and of the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • 4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

    The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5901
    Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) website