Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Marymount California University adheres to the guidelines established by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that controls the confidentiality of, and access to, student education records.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act affords eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. Educational records generally include, with certain exceptions, all records maintained in any medium, which can identify the student. It is important to note that once a student has turned 18 or is enrolled in a higher education institution, parents, spouses and significant others have no inherent right to access student educational records.

Guaranteed Student Rights Under FERPA
  1. Inspect and Review: Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days after the university receives a request for access. Students should submit a written request to the registrar, dean, head of the academic department or other appropriate official that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.
  2. Request an Amendment: Students have the right to request the amendment of student education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
  3. Provide Written Consent: Students have the right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. File a Complaint: Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university 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

Additional resources

Office of the Registrar
30800 Palos Verdes Drive East
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA 90275-6299
Phone: (310) 751-7519
FAX: (310) 751-2953