The university ensures the confidentiality of student records in accordance with the provisions of various federal, state, and university regulations, including the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, also known as the Buckley Amendment. The Office of the University Registrar (OUR) routinely releases directory information to the public. Currently enrolled students who want to restrict directory information, or request a full privacy hold must contact the OUR.
Student educational records may be released without the student’s consent to an employee in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position who have provided proof of completion of a FERPA course. Access to educational records must be requested by a supervisor with the rationale for the request. Employees are automatically prompted electronically and are expected to renew FERPA on an annual basis.
Under FERPA students have the rights to:
- Review educational records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request.
- Request the amendment of inaccurate or misleading educational records.
- Provide written consent before the University discloses personally identifiable information from student records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
- File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of Florida to comply with the requirements of FERPA.