Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It is also known as the Buckley Amendment.

  • Student's have the right to inspect, review and challenge the accuracy of his/her education records. Education records are those records which contain information directly related to the student and are maintained by the School or by a party acting for the School.
  • Student records will not be released to the general public or to those outside the University without student consent. The only exception to this is "directory" information which the CUNY School of Professional Studies defines and communicates to the students via the Bulletin and website. Our directory information includes name, address and telephone number, e-mail address, class level, degree information (including associated majors, minors, and certificates), dates of attendance, and full or part-time status.
  • Directory information can be released without the student's consent UNLESS the student has requested directory exclusion status. Students can request directory exclusion status through the Registrar's Office. This status means the student's name and other information is to be excluded from the printed directory and the online search through SIMS. It also means the University will not release ANY information about the student without a signed release from the student. This status remains on the student's record indefinitely until the student requests in writing to the Registrar's Office that it be removed.

The CUNY SPS FERPA Consent to Release Educational Records form can be downloaded here.

For additional detailed information about FERPA please refer to the CUNY School of Professional Studies Academic Policies Handbook (PDF).