Skip to main content
Belmont University logo
Students Studying at a Table in Massey

FERPA

Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

 

Rights Guaranteed to Students by FERPA

  • The right of access to education records
  • The right to consent to the release of records to third parties
  • The right to challenge inaccurate or misleading information in an education record
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning non-compliance with FERPA 
 

Procedures for Protecting Students Privacy in Distance Education Courses

Belmont University is committed to protecting student privacy for students enrolled in all courses regardless of the mode of instruction (on-line, hybrid, classroom, etc.). All of the university policies regarding student privacy and information security applied through FERPA apply to distance education courses. Faculty teaching distance education courses are expected to uphold these polices and follow these procedures:

  • Teach distance education courses using BlackBoard, the University's learning management system, in order to ensure security of student work and grades.
  • Use the University's secure BannerWeb site to report student grades.
  • Use BlackBoard or the University's email system for all official, confidential communication such as providing feedback on student work, releasing grade or course progress information to students, etc.
  • Keep student work, scores or grades confidential. Students in the course should not have access to other students' work or grades.
  • Keep course BlackBoard or UR email account information secure. Do not share any login information with anyone, give anyone unauthorized access to the BlackBoard course or assign a student the role of instructor or graduate assistant in BlackBoard unless the graduate assistant is assigned a teaching role in the class and has an educational need to know.
  • Follow FERPA guidelines for sharing student educational record information with other faculty, staff, parents or others outside the university.

 

FAQs

  • What Does “FERPA” Stand for and Why is it Important?
  • Do Parents or Legal Guardians Have Access to a Student’s Education Records?
  • What are Education Records?
  • When is Consent Not Required?
  • What is Directory Information?
  • What if a Student Wants to Prohibit the Disclosure of Directory Information as Well?