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FERPA procedure for disseminating student information
"Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) - A federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings."
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, certain information pertaining to students may not be released to a third party without the written consent of the student. Therefore, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff hereby designates the following categories of student information as public or "Directory Information".
Such information may be disclosed by the institution for any purpose, at its discretion:
CATEGORY I Name, address, electronic mail address, telephone number, dates of attendance, and classification.
CATEGORY II Previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, awards, honors (includes Dean's list), degree(s) conferred (including dates), and University taken photographs for institutional marketing and historical purposes.
CATEGORY III Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height/weight of athletes), date and place of birth, and photograph of student.
NOTE: Information pertaining to the students' academic status is CONFIDENTIAL, and should not be released without the written consent of the student (Example: transcripts, grade reports, grade point average, ACT scores, class rank and academic status.)
Current enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any category of information under the Family Educational rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended. To withhold disclosure, written notification must be received in the Office of Academic Records/Registrar’s Office prior to the last day to complete registration. Forms requesting the withholding of "Directory Information" are available in the Office of Academic Records/Registrar’s Office. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff assumes that failure on the part of any student to specifically request the withholding of categories of "Directory Information" indicates individual approval for disclosure.
The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff may disclose educational records without written consent of students to the following groups who have a "legitimate educational interest":
- Employees within the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff who maintain educational records and those with a legitimate educational interest, including faculty or staff who deal with the student and carry out education studies, and employees designated by them to assist in these tasks.;
- Any university employee, or person acting on behalf of the university, may have access to student records without the student's written consent if that person needs the access to carry out his/her employment responsibilities.;
- Officials of other colleges or universities in which the student seeks to enroll, with a notice of the disclosure being sent to the student's last known address;
- Organizations conducting studies approved by the University having educational value or concerning financial aid;
- Accrediting organizations approved by the University carrying out their accrediting functions;
- Parents who submit to the Registrar a copy of the first page of their most recent federal income tax form, indicating that their child/student is a dependent as defined by the internal revenue service.;
- Persons in compliance with a judicial order or a lawfully issued subpoena, with a notice of the disclosure being sent to the last known address of the student;
- Persons in an emergency if, in the judgment of an official in charge of the records, knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other person;
- In addition, the University would release education records if ordered by a subpoena;
- The disclosure is to state or local educational authorities auditing or enforcing Federal or State supported educational programs or enforcing Federal laws which relate to those programs;
- The disclosure is in connection with determining eligibility, amounts, and terms for financial aid or enforcing the terms and conditions of financial aid; and
- The information disclosed has been appropriately designated as directory information by the school.
Provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended by the Higher Education Amendments of 1998, govern access to a student's disciplinary file. The student and/or those College officials who demonstrate a legitimate educational need for disciplinary information may have access to the student's disciplinary file. Parent(s), who provide proof that a student is a dependent as defined in Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1954 can have access to the student's disciplinary file without written consent of the student. An example of such proof would be a copy of the last federal income tax return listing the student as a dependent. In this case, parents may also have access to a disciplinary file, even if the student has requested otherwise.
In addition, parent(s) may be notified if a student under 21 years of age is found responsible for a violation involving use or possession of alcohol and drugs.
The Campus Security Act permits higher education institutions to disclose to alleged victims of any crime of violence (murder, robbery, aggravated assault, burglary, motor vehicle theft) the results of the conduct proceedings conducted by the institution against an alleged perpetrator with respect to such crime. The Campus Security Act also requires that both accused and the accuser must be informed of campus conduct proceedings involving a sexual assault.
Additionally, the Higher Education Amendments of 1998 permit disclosure of the final results of disciplinary cases in which a student has been found responsible for a violation involving violence or for a sex offense.
Parental Access to Children's Education Records
At the post-secondary level, parents have a right to inspect their dependent child's education records. However, the University can not assume the dependency status of all of our students and thus requires one of the following to release records to a student's parents:
- Written consent of the student; and/or
- Submission of evidence that the parents declare the student as a dependent on their most recent Federal Income Tax form (IRS Code of 1954, Section 152).
The Office of Academic Records/Registrar’s Office has been designated as the official office to verify enrollment, release transcripts and grade reports, and to certify any information pertaining to the student’s academic record.
ANNUAL SECURITY REPORT – CAMPUS SEX CRIME PREVENTION ACT
A list of current sex offenders associated with the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff is developed and maintained in the Department of Public Safety and Police, in the Campus Police Complex located at 1200 North University Drive, Pine Bluff, Arkansas. Questions may be addressed to the Office of Internal Review/Administrative Services, to the attention of Mr. Maxcie Thomas.
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Deceased Student Records
FERPA’s protection of personally identifiable information in a student’s education records ends at the time of a student’s death. Institutions are allowed to develop policies to protect information on behalf of the deceased student and families thereof. The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has adopted a procedure for deceased student records.
Policy: The University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff regards the academic records of deceased students as confidential information. The academic records may be released at the discretion of the University.
Procedure: The records can be released only upon receipt of a written request sent to the Registrar’s Office (Academic Records). The record will only be released to a spouse, parent, and the executor/administrator of the estate, a child, sibling, court order or subpoena. The request must include the need for the records; must identify the requestor’s relationship to the deceased student; and must be accompanied with an official record certifying authorization to receive the student records, i.e., assignment as executor/executrix. An official copy of the death certificate must accompany the written request. Signature is required.
The request should contain as much of the following information:
1. All names of the former student
2. Social security number or student ID
3. Date of birth
4. Dates of attendance
For further assistance, please contact the Registrar’s Office (Academic Records)
Mail Slot 4983-1200 North University Drive
University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff
Pine Bluff, AR 71603
(870) 575-8491 Phone
(870) 575-4608 Fax
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Academic Clemency Policy
In accordance with Act 1000 of 1991, 78th General Assembly for the State of Arkansas, the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff has adopted a policy on Academic Clemency. Academic Clemency provides a second chance for students who performed poorly in their early academic career(s) and who wish to return to college after having gained an appreciation for higher education. In order to qualify for Academic Clemency a student must meet and accept the conditions outlined below:
1. The student must not have been enrolled in any institution (college or university) for a period of at least five years prior to applying for Academic Clemency at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
2. The student has to file an application requesting Academic Clemency with the Office of Academic Records prior to the student being admitted or readmitted to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
3. In order for Academic clemency to be granted after the minimum period non-enrollment, the student must be enrolled full-time during two consecutive semesters (summer sessions not included). If the student withdraws from the University the first semester after an application for clemency is filed, the student may return the second semester and still be considered for Academic Clemency; however, the student must earn a minimum grade point average of 2.00 and a minimum of twelve semester credits. No further consideration will be given after this time.
4. Academic Clemency will be granted only after the student has performed as outlined in item 3. The Registrar will review the application and render an appropriate decision. Questionable applications will be referred to the Student Appeals Committee for a decision.
5. A student must be seeking the initial undergraduate degree (Bachelor’s) from the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
6. The student forfeits all grades and credits (including transfer) earned prior to the minimum period of non-enrollment, and such credits will not be considered from this point forward at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
7. Academic Clemency is permanent, not reversible and may be exercised only once in the student’s academic career at the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff.
8. Courses on which Academic Clemency is granted will remain on the permanent record transcript, but will not be used in the computation of the cumulative grade point average. The notation “Academic Clemency Granted (Date)” will be placed on the permanent academic transcript to identify courses excluded from computing the grade point average.
9. In regard to athletic eligibility, all terms (including the terms in which Academic Clemency was declared) will be used to determine eligibility status.
10. In regard to financial aid history, accumulated terms and award limits include all terms of enrollment, including any semester in which Academic Clemency was declared.
11. The Registrar must explain the University’s Grade Renewal Policy (repeat policy) to all applicants. Grade renewal may be more effective for a student with both passing and failing grades.
12. This Academic Clemency policy applies ONLY to the University of Arkansas at Pine Bluff, and may not be honored by other colleges and universities for students transferring.
A student who declares ACADEMIC CLEMENCY will be subject to all University policies.