Academic Catalog 2019-2020

Privacy Policy and Access to Educational Records

Gardner-Webb University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. This Act is designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.

Institutional policy explains in detail the procedures to be used by the institution for compliance with the provisions of the Act. The policy can be found on the Registrar Services website. That office also maintains a Directory of Records which lists all student educational records maintained by the institution. Information known as Directory Information will be published unless the student specifically requests Registrar Services withhold this information. Directory Information is defined as the following: student name, local and permanent addresses, telephone numbers, date of birth, major(s), dates of attendance, previous educational institutions attended, and degree and awards received. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be referred to Registrar Services.

Students may grant permission to University personnel to release to specified individuals information pertaining to Academic Records, Financial Aid, and Billing by completing the FERPA Release Form located on their Personal Information menu on WebbConnect. Using this form, students are able to specify up to three individuals to whom information may be released.