Students have the right to inspect their records and to challenge anything in them that they perceive to be inaccurate or misleading. The university must provide reasonable accommodations to accomplish these tasks. The office which creates and maintains the record in question is responsible for determining what is reasonable.
Furman's student information release policy also stipulates that the university must protect all information in a student's education record from being disclosed to anyone but the student, without the student's written consent. Legal exceptions to this specific prohibition include, but are not limited to:
- information released to a school official with a legitimate educational interest,
- disclosures connected to financial aid awards to determine eligibility and/or to enforce the terms and conditions of aid received,
information released to another higher education institution where a student seeks or intends to enroll,
- compliance with a lawfully issued subpoena or court order,
data supplied to fulfill federal or state mandated enrollment reporting requirements,
- notifications to parents or guardians of students found in violation of federal, state or local law or any university policy related to the use or possession of alcohol or controlled substances,
- provisions for public information,
- specific needs to address a health or safety emergency, and/or
the release of selected information to the parents or guardians of financially dependent students.