The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) (FERPA) grants eligible students in attendance the following rights:
(1) Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the date that Johns Hopkins University receives an official request for access. The request must be submitted using the Request to Inspect and Review Education Records form. JHU will make arrangements for access and notify students of the time and manner in which the records may be inspected and reviewed.
(2) Students have the right to seek amendment of education records that they believe to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy rights. Students seeking to amend their education records must submit a Request to Amend Education Records form, which must clearly identify the part of the record the student seeks to amend and provide a rationale for their request. If a student’s request is denied, the student will be informed of the decision and of their right to a hearing. Students seeking a hearing must submit a Request for a Hearing Under FERPA form.
(3) Students have the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, as is the case for disclosures to university and school officials with legitimate educational interests. FERPA also permits institutions to establish and disclose without consent a student’s directory information; however, students have the right to withhold the release of any or all categories of directory information by submitting a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information form. If this form is not submitted, directory information may be disclosed to the general public. Please note that restricting release of directory information may result in consequences such as JHU being unable to verify directory information to outside entities such as insurance companies or prospective employers.
Directory information includes the following: Name of a student who is in attendance or who has been in attendance; name pronunciation; local address of a present or former student; Hopkins e-mail address of a present or former student; local telephone number of a present or former student; major field of study of a present or former student; participation in Johns Hopkins Athletics (limited to hometown, sport, height, and/or weight); dates of attendance; degrees and awards received, and pertinent dates; honors; photograph (still, video, audio); classification (enrollment status), and level of study.
(A) “University and school officials” are administrators and staff members of the university; persons serving on the Johns Hopkins University Board of Trustees; students serving on official committees such as disciplinary or grievance committees; and contractors, consultants, volunteers or other parties to whom JHU has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the outside party is under the direct control of the University with respect to the use and maintenance of education records and performs an institutional service or function for which the University would otherwise use employees.
(B) “Legitimate educational interests” are any actions or interests affecting the academic and administrative situation of a student who is the subject of the education record; and any action or interest relating to the planning, execution, and evaluation of academic and administrative programs of the University and organizations and institutions with which the University is affiliated, or which are utilized by the University.
In addition to the disclosures of personally identifiable information permitted to university and school officials with legitimate educational interests; and disclosures of unrestricted directory information to third parties; students should be advised that JHU may also forward a student’s education records to other agencies or institutions that have requested the records and in which the student seeks or intends to enroll, or is already enrolled, so long as the disclosure is for purposes related to the student’s enrollment or transfer.
(4) Students have the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning alleged failures of JHU to comply with FERPA. FERPA complaints may be mailed to the following address:
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202-8520