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Laramie, WY 82071
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (also known as the Buckley Amendment), affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. Specifically, it affords students the right to:
1. inspect and review their education records;
2. request the amendment of inaccurate or misleading records;
3. consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their education record; and
4. file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures of the institution to comply with this law.
The University of Wyoming strives to fully comply with this law by protecting the privacy of student records and judiciously evaluating requests for release of information from these records. FERPA authorizes the release of "Directory Information" without the student's prior written consent under certain conditions set forth in the Act.
Directory information is information contained in an education record of a student which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Following guidelines provided by the FERPA Compliance Office, UW defines the following as Directory Information:
Under the Wyoming Public Records Act, the Office of the Registrar is required to release directory information as requested.
Yes, students are notified of their right to control the disclosure of "Directory Information" in the fall and spring Class Schedules and the General Bulletin. Students who wish to have access to their Directory Information restricted must notify the Office of the Registrar in writing. They may complete a Confidentiality of Student Records form available in the registrar's office or complete the "Request for Privacy" form found online. Upon receipt of this signed form, a Privacy Flag will be placed on the student's record. A Privacy Flag means that a student's name will not appear in the Campus Directory, and will not be included in any news release (honor rolls, graduation, etc.) Information will also not be released to prospective employers, insurance companies, credit agencies, etc. If anyone requests information for a student or former student who has a Privacy Flag, UW will respond to the requestor with the following statement: "We do not have any information available on that individual."
While a Privacy Flag may be placed on a student's record at any time, the request form must be received in the Office of the Registrar no later than the tenth working day of the fall semester in order to prevent publication in the printed Campus Directory.
Students may remove their Privacy Flag at any time by submitting a signed request to the Office of the Registrar.
The law requires faculty and staff to treat students' education records in a legally specified manner.