FERPA - Privacy of Records
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational records. Under FERPA, directory information may be publicly shared by the University, unless the student specifically requests that directory information not be released. The University of Maine System has designated the following as directory information:
- Degrees and Awards received (including dates)
- UMS assigned email address
- Most recent previous educational institution attended
- Participation in sports and activities
- Date of Birth
- Class Level
- Program of Study
- Enrollment status (full/part-time)
- Dates of Attendance
- Appropriate personal athletic statistical data
Important Note: If a student requests that directory information not be released, no information will be released to any requestor, including insurance companies and prospective employers, without the express written consent of the student. Further, the student's name will not be included in the published Dean's List, student directory, commencement brochure or any other institutional publication or press release.
Student Consent to Release: Information beyond directory information can be released by the appropriate education records custodian only on the basis of a written, dated request by the student or by the student's completion of the Student Consent to Release Information Form.
Please note: FERPA applies only to students who have enrolled; it does not apply to applicants.
Complete FERPA document.
Students wishing to limit the release of directory information can do so through their MaineStreet Student Center under Personal Information:
- Choose Privacy Settings from the drop down menu;
- Edit FERPA/Directory Restrictions (green button);
- Choose from one of the three options:
- Release all directory information.
- Release no directory information.
- Release all directory information except home, local, and email addresses.