Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, complies with the
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA affords
students certain rights with respect to their "education records" as
that term is defined in the law. These rights include the following:
1. The student has the right to inspect and review his or her
education records within 45 days of the date Rutgers receives a proper
request for access to such records.
2. The student has
the right to request amendment of education records that the student
believes are inaccurate or misleading.
3. Rutgers shall
obtain the prior consent of the student before disclosing personally
identifiable information contained in the student's education records,
except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
4. The student may direct complaints concerning the alleged
failure of Rutgers to comply with the requirements of FERPA to the
Office of Associate Vice President for Student Affairs, 83 Somerset
Street, College Avenue campus (732/932-7312), or to the U.S. Department
of Education, c/o Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of
Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
Students wishing to exercise their rights to inspect and review their
education records should submit a written request to the appropriate
official at the Rutgers office which is custodian of the records they
wish to review. Students requesting amendment of education records
should first review the policies and procedures of their college or
school and/or consult with their dean of students, or equivalent
official. FERPA permits disclosure of directory information
without a student's consent, unless the student has requested such
information be kept confidential. Directory information includes the
student's name, address, phone, school of attendance, and several other
fields of information. For information on how to keep your directory
information confidential, visit the Rutgers Online Directory by using
the "Search: People" link of the Rutgers home page (http://www.rutgers.edu),
or contact the Office of the Registrar on your campus. Rutgers uses a
student's social security number as an identification number. While the
number is not released as directory information and its confidentiality
is protected in the same manner as are other educational records,
Rutgers offers students the opportunity to acquire a substitute number.
Students wishing to have a substitute number assigned must go to the
registrar's office with two forms of identification and complete the
appropriate forms. Rutgers publishes two official notices concerning
FERPA at least twice per academic year. The official notices are
archived on the Office of Compliance, Student Policy, and Judicial
Affairs web site at http://www.rci.rutgers.edu/~polcomp.
The notices provide full information on Rutgers' compliance with FERPA
including the current definition of "directory information." Students
with questions about FERPA or the privacy of their records should
consult these notices and/or contact the Office of Associate Vice
President for Student Affairs, 83 Somerset Street, College Avenue
campus (732/932-7312, firstname.lastname@example.org).