Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Information

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) was established in order to protect the privacy of students with respect to education records; to establish students' rights to inspect and review their education records; and to provide students with an opportunity to have inaccurate or misleading information in their education records corrected.

Information that can be given in response to an inquiry about a student follows:

  • Student’s name, address, campus e-mail address, and local phone number
  • College
  • Major
  • Class level (e.g., frosh, senior)
  • Dates of attendance
  • Number of credits enrolled in the current term
  • Degrees and honors received
  • Name, weight, and height of participants on intercollegiate athletic teams

All other information contained in a student record is considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student, including: summer addresses; grades; GPA; number of credits completed; social security/student number; anticipated graduation; and/or date of birth.

Students may request that information that can be made available to the public not be released by filing a Request for Non-Release of Public Information at the Office of the Registrar. In the case that a Request for Non-Release of Public Information has been filed, no information may be released about an individual, including whether she or he is or has been enrolled at UC Santa Cruz.