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2002-03 University Catalog

Academic Policies and Procedures Affecting Both Undergraduates and Graduates

Privacy of Student Records

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Annually, George Mason University informs students of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. This act, with which the institution intends to comply fully, protects the privacy of education records, establishes the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and provides guidelines for the amendment of inaccurate or misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Policy Compliance Office (U.S. Department of Education) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the act.

The Notification of Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and the Public Notice Designating Directory Information detail students' rights and the procedures implemented by the university to comply with FERPA. Both notices are published in the Schedule of Classes and are available on the web. Questions concerning the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act may be directed to the Office of the Registrar.