Student's Rights Under FERPA

(PL 93-380 & Right to Know Law: PA PL 390)

For the purposes of complying with Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), an applicant to Savannah State University becomes a "student" on the first day of the first term/semester in which the student is registered at the University.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are listed below:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.

Students should submit to the Executive Director of Academic Records and Summer School, Dean, Department Chairperson, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading.

Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading.

If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding to the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

One exception which 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 or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the university has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Council 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 may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

4. As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records "including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information may be accessed without your consent.

5. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Savannah State University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605

To add individuals to your FERPA Waiver so that Savannah State faculty and staff can speak with those individuals regarding your student account, log into PAWS, go to the Student portal, select FERPA Waiver from the left navigation bar, enter your Tigerworld credentials, and enter the individual's name, relationship to you, and contact phone number. You will be asked to create a FERPA password that you will need to share with the individual. Questions concerning FERPA should be referred to the Registrar.