Student Records Policy -- Access to Records and Release of Information
DePauw complies fully with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Students have the following rights regarding their educational records:
- The right to inspect and review the records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. The request should be in writing to the registrar, dean or other appropriate official and should identify the record(s) they wish to see. The official will arrange for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. The official will advise the student of the appropriate person to whom the request should be addressed if the records are maintained by another office.
- The right to request the amendment of the student’s records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. To do this, the student should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record he or she wants changed and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University official decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the official will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided at that time.
- The right to release personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception that permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to withhold directory information—items generally considered to be public information. The following items may be made available at the institution’s discretion and without student authorization unless students notify the registrar’s office by August 1 of each year that they wish this information be withheld. Directory information includes:
- name, address (local and home) and telephone numbers
- e-mail user name
- school in which enrolled
- student classification
- dates of enrollment
- date and place of birth
- major field of study
- past and present participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- photographs and videos for University and other publications
- physical factors (weight and height of athletes)
- previous educational institutions attended
- degrees conferred and dates as well as awards received
- eligibility (not grades) for institutionally recognized organizations and honoraries, including sororities and fraternities
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirement of FERPA. The name and address of the office is: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 600 Independence Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-4605.
Because of the nature of the student body, DePauw assumes all unmarried students age 22 and under are dependent. Students who are financially independent and wish to control their parents' or guardian's access to educational records should report to the Office of the Registrar.
Contact: Ken Kirkpatrick, Registrar
(University policy established 1975; updated periodically)
Holds on Student Records
Appropriate University offices and fraternity and sorority living units may place holds for financial reasons on transcripts or official statements of student records, registration and/or diplomas after:
- giving the student written notice of the amount due and the consequences of the hold (i.e., no transcripts or early registration), and
- allowing 10 working days to pay or make satisfactory arrangements for payment.
A hold is placed on transcripts or official statements if a student loan is past due, delinquent or in a default status. Holds may be placed on seniors for any amount due; other students may have holds placed on them for debts of $25 or more or for the following reasons:
- Unpaid University bills, including tuition, fees, room and board, miscellaneous charges and fraternity and sorority room and board bills. If students owe a debt from a previous semester, they may be prevented from enrolling at DePauw the following semester.
- Failure to have an exit interview in the Student Loan Office whenever students cease enrollment at the University. This would include transferring or withdrawing from the University, reducing the course load to less than one and one-half course credits, or graduation.
- Failure to contact the Financial Aid Office to discuss possible repayment obligations of current year awards whenever students cease eligible enrollment at the University for those awards. This includes withdrawing from the University or reducing the course load to less than three course credits.
- Failure to declare a major by the end of the sophomore year.