Academic Policies and Procedures Affecting Both Undergraduates and Graduates
Privacy of Student Records
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.