Furman University creates and maintains a considerable amount of information pertaining directly to each student enrolled. Almost all of this information is contained in records protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal statute passed into law in 1974 that provides the basis for dealing with student records at post-secondary educational institutions. FERPA regulations ensure a minimum standard for the access to, the use of, and the release of information from these education records. Concerns about Furman’s compliance with these regulations should be addressed to the University Registrar or directly with the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) .
Furman strives to provide quick and easy-to-use access for students to review all of the information contained in their own records, while protecting the release of these same records for unauthorized or inappropriate purposes. Be certain, our commitment to ensure that student records created at the university are maintained with the utmost accuracy and integrity is resolute. Furman University complies strictly with FERPA and all other relevant provisions in both United States and South Carolina law regarding the confidentiality of student records. We welcome you to click the appropriate link on the left to find out more about Furman’s student information release policy.
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: