The Disclosure of Student Records policy implements Villanova University’s FERPA obligations and is required reading to better understand FERPA. The policy informs the reader of:
1) The categories of information Villanova deems to be directory information; as such, this information may be disclosed without the student’s prior written consent except that you need to make sure that the student has not “opted out” (in which case such information cannot be released);
2) What is deemed to be personally identifiable information (PII) and, therefore, confidential. PII means that the information may include the name of the student; the address of the student; a personal identifier such as social security number; or a list of personal characteristics or other information that would make the student’s identity easily traceable;
3) In what circumstances FERPA permits the disclosure of education records, or PII contained in the education records, without the prior written consent of the student; and
4) A description of the students’ rights under FERPA and the process to exercise these rights which include the right to request access to review and inspect their education records, and seek amendment if they believe their education record is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights.
Upon review of the policy, if there are any questions or requests for more in-depth training regarding FERPA, please contact one of the Offices listed below. They are available to assist you with your questions and training needs:
Office of the Vice President and General Counsel (Contact: Mark Hewlett, Associate General Counsel, firstname.lastname@example.org)
University Compliance Office (Contact: Leyda Benitez, University Compliance Officer, email@example.com).
Questions may also be submitted anonymously or confidentially through the ethics and compliance hotline, EthicsPoint, available 24/7 at:
- villanova.ethicspoint.com or
- toll free-number 1-866-236-1443.