FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA). WHITWORTH UNIVERSITY. WHAT IS FERPA?.
FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT(FERPA)
Whitworth University reserves the right to refuse to permit a student to inspect the following records:
1. The financial statement(s) of the student's parents;
2. Letters and statements of recommendation for which the student has waived his or her right of access, or which were placed in the file before Jan. 1, 1975;
3. Records connected with an application to attend Whitworth University if that application was denied;
4. Education records including information about more than one student, in which case Whitworth will permit access only to that part of the record which pertains to the inquiring student;
5. Those records which are excluded from the FERPA definition of education records.
Whitworth University reserves the right to deny copies of transcripts, diplomas and other records (not required to be made available under FERPA), if the student has an overdue financial obligation to the university or if there is an unresolved disciplinary or academic-dishonesty action against the student.
Contact the registrar's office (509.777.3201) for applicable fees for copies of records.
Whitworth University will disclose information from a student's education records only with the written consent of the student, except:
Whitworth University will maintain a record of all requests for and/or disclosure of information from a student's education records. The record will indicate the name of the party making the request, any additional party to whom it may be redisclosed, and the legitimate interest the party had in requesting or obtaining the information. The record may be reviewed by the student.
Photographers employed or contracted by the university regularly take photographs of students to illustrate or describe various aspects of the university and campus life. These photographs will be taken at public venues such as athletic events and concerts and in other organized campus photo shoots where the subjects will have given verbal consent to be photographed. Individuals who are photographed while attending a public event or who verbally agree to participate in a photo shoot will be understood to have authorized Whitworth to use their likeness in print and electronic materials to promote the institution. The university will retain the usage rights to the photographs in perpetuity.
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of the above information. The request to withhold disclosure should be submitted to the registrar's office by the second week of the semester. Directory information will then be withheld indefinitely until the registrar's office receives in writing a revocation of the request for nondisclosure. Whitworth will honor a request to withhold information but cannot assume responsibility to contact the student for subsequent permission to release them. A request to withhold directory information will prevent the student's name and degree from being published on the Dean's Honor Roll and in the commencement program. Regardless of the effect upon the student, the institution assumes no liability as a consequence of honoring instructions that directory information be withheld. Whitworth University assumes that failure on the part of any student to request specifically the withholding of categories of "directory information" indicates approval for disclosure.
For more information on FERPA and Student’s Rights
Please contact Whitworth University’s Registrar’s Office
300 W Hawthorne Rd
Spokane, WA 99251