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Student Rights to Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Buckley Amendment) was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records in all offices, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal an formal hearings.

An OSU-CHS student has the right to:

  1. Inspect and review information contained in his or her educational records.
  2. Challenge the contents of the educational record.
  3. Have a hearing if the outcome of a challenge is unsatisfactory.
  4. Submit an explanatory statement for inclusion in the educational record, if the outcome of the hearing is unsatisfactory.
  5. Secure a copy of the institutional policy, which includes the location of all education records.
  6. Prevent disclosure, with certain exceptions, of personally identifiable information from the educational record.

Withholding Disclosures of Information
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of directory information.  A student may file with the Office of the Registrar a written request no to release directory information.  The university assumes that a failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure.

Access to Records
No other information regarding students' educational records may be disclosed to anyone without written consent of students, except to "school officials" who have a "legitimate education interest" in the student.

Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

Students, or parents of dependent students, may inspect and review their educational records.  Some form of photo identification must be displayed before access to educational records will be allowed.  Parents of a dependent student may challenge denial of access by producing the most current copy of Internal Revenue Form 1040.