Obligation, Privacy and FERPA
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Statement of Obligation
The University of Kentucky’s official method of correspondence with students is via the UK assigned email address. I understand that I am responsible for regularly (not less than once per week) accessing my UK assigned email account and for taking any required action indicated in official university correspondence sent to this address.
Request and completion of registration constitutes a contractual financial obligation to pay tuition and fees for which I am liable. I am responsible for reading and understanding the current Drop/Refund policy of the University as it appears in the current Schedule of Classes. Permission to cancel enrollment does not constitute, nor shall it be construed as, a waiver by UK of my financial obligation. I understand that any financial assistance I receive will be applied against my billed charges to reduce my financial obligation.
I am responsible for all outstanding debts and contracts with the University. The University reserves the right to assess financial penalties (including collection costs) on any indebtedness. Any past-due accounts may be referred to an outside collection agency which could result in such.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. The University of Kentucky complies with FERPA confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. This law applies to K-12 as well as postsecondary education and is commonly known as the Buckley Amendment.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. The University of Kentucky complies with FERPA's confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. This law applies to K-12 as well as postsecondary education and is commonly known as the Buckley Amendment
What are education records?
Education records do not include
Consent for Release of Information on Academic Record and ProgressIf you would like your parent or guardian to access information about your academic record and progress, download the Consent for Release form, complete it and submit it to the appropriate office.
- Telephone listings
- E-mail address
- Place of birth
- Major Field of Study
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Weight and height of members of athletic teams
- Dates of Attendance
- Enrollment Status
- Degrees and awards received
- Most recent previous educational institution attended by the student
Documents that list the categories of information designated by the University of Kentucky as “directory information” are:
- Schedule of Classes
- Registrar's website
- “Directory information” may be made available, without the student's consent, through a variety of ways, including but not limited to the following media:
- The University's annual printed telephone directory
- Electronic and Internet directories
- Telephone or written responses to requests from external/third parties including but not limited to potential employers and/or scholarship agencies
- Announcements released by the Office of University Relations to newspapers in particular students' hometown newspapers
- Announcement of official graduations, which occur at the completion of each semester or term
Annual FERPA Notification Deadline
In order to prevent the “directory information” items listed above from appearing in the University's annual printed telephone directory, students must file a “Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information” (see below) at the time of the annual FERPA notification or by the 15th day of September (or three weeks into the term) during the Fall term. Requests filed after the Fall term deadline may not prevent designated “directory information” from appearing in telephone directories sponsored by the university.
The University of Kentucky assumes that a student's failure specifically to request blocking access to any element of “directory information” constitutes approval for disclosure. To prevent the University from disclosing any “directory information” to third parties, students must sign and file a “Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information” (see below) with the University Registrar, Room 10 Funkhouser Building.
Such requests may be filed at the time of the annual FERPA notification or at any other time during an academic year. The request to prevent disclosure of “directory information” will remain in effect permanently, including after departure from the University, unless subsequently changed by the student. At the time of graduation, students will be given another opportunity to release such “information hold.”
To Add a Privacy Flag
To withhold disclosure, a student must:
- Present a photo ID in person to the Registrar's Office, Student Records, Room 10 Funkhouser Building and
- Complete a Request to Prevent Disclosure of Directory Information (Privacy) Form (1 page form in PDF file format). The form may be submitted at any time throughout the year and will go into effect immediately.
If you request a Privacy Flag be placed on your record, then the University cannot acknowledge the fact of your enrollment to anyone who requests verification of enrollment. This would include deferring loan repayments or inquiries from a prospective employer. Please keep this in mind when requesting that a Privacy Flag be placed on your record. If you have any questions, please contact the Student Records Office at (859) 257-7157.
To Remove a Privacy Flag
To remove the privacy request, the student is required to:
- Present a photo ID in person to the Registrar's Office, Student Records, Room 10 Funkhouser Building and
- Complete a Privacy Release Form. This will allow the University to release any information deemed “directory information” concerning the student. “directory information” is defined under “Notification of Rights Under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions.”
Notification of Rights Under FERPA For Postsecondary Institutions
(This wording is borrowed from the printed edition of the UK Bulletin.) The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act [FERPA] affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.
1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access. Students should submit to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department, or other appropriate official, written requests that identify the record(s) they wish to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate. Students may ask the University to amend a record that they believe is inaccurate. They should write the University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
4. Upon request, the University discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. [Note: FERPA requires an institution to make a reasonable attempt to notify the student of the records request unless the institution states in its annual notification that it intends to forward records on request. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of Kentucky to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC, 20202-4605
The University may release information without the student's consent where the information is classified as "Directory information." The following categories of information have been designated by the University as directory information: name, address, telephone listing, e-mail address, place of birth, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, full-time/part-time status,** and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. Students who do not wish such information released without their consent should notify the Student Records Office in writing and follow the procedures listed here.
Direct questions concerning this law and the University's policy concerning release of academic information to the Student Records Office: (859) 257-3161.
(from Notes 1 and 2 under “Tuition and Fees” in the Current UK Bulletin) For the Fall or Spring Semester, registration in 12 credit hours or equivalent constitutes a full-time load for undergraduate and pharmacy students. Registration in 9 hours constitutes a full-time load for graduate students. Law students must register for 10 hours to be considered full-time. For the Second Summer Session, registration in 6 credit hours or equivalent constitutes a full-time load for undergraduate students. Registration in 5 hours constitutes a full-time load for graduate and law students.