As is required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, with certain exceptions, generally Temple University cannot disclose a student's education records without the written consent of a student or without proof by a parent that the student is dependent on his/her parents for federal income tax purposes.
FERPA provides the following rights for students and for the parents of dependent students, as described above, attending Temple University:
- The right of a student, with minor limitations, to inspect and review his or her education records;
- The right to request amendment of a student's education records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy or other rights;
- The right, with certain exceptions, to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records;
- The right to withhold public disclosure of any or all items of so-called "Directory Information" by written notification to the Office of the Dean of Students within two weeks after publication of this notice. Under current university policy, the item "Directory Information" includes a student's name, street address, e-mail address, confirmation of enrollment status (full-time/part-time), dates of attendance, degree received, awards received (e.g., Dean's List), major field of study, participation in officially-recognized activities and sports, and weight and height of members of athletic teams.
- The right to file a complaint with the United States Department of Education concerning the alleged failure of Temple University to comply with the requirements of FERPA and of the implementing regulations.
The procedures for exercising the above rights are explained in "Temple University's Policy Regarding Confidentiality of Student Records," copies of which are available in the Office of the Dean of Students and on Temple’s web site at http://policies.temple.edu/ferpa. Included in this policy is a description of the types and locations of educational records maintained by the university.
If you or your parents' primary or home language is not English, upon your request, reasonable efforts will be made to provide you with a translated copy of this "Annual Notice," as well as with "Temple University's Guidelines Pertaining to Confidentiality of Student Records."
Please note that, in compliance with a 1997 federal statute designed to advance military recruiting, Temple may release dates of birth to the military unless the student notifies Temple that he or she wishes this information withheld.
FERPA Waiver: A student may consent to the release of information from education records to parents, guardians or other appropriate persons. The students may provide the university with their consent by completing the FERPA waiver online via TUPortal.
In TUPortal, click on Self-Service Banner (SSB), then 'Personal Information'.