Student Rights Under FERPA
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A. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their
education records. Education records are defined as records that are directly related to a student who enrolls at
California Western School of Law (CWSL) and are maintained by CWSL or a party acting for the institution. Enrollment
begins the date the student matriculates at CWSL. These rights include:
(1) The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after CWSL receives a request for
A student must submit to the Registrar a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect.
The Registrar will make access arrangements and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be
inspected. If the records are not maintained by the Registrar, s/he shall advise the student of the correct official
to whom the request should be addressed.
(2) The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are
inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
A student who wants CWSL to amend a record must write the CWSL official responsible for the record, clearly identify
the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed. If CWSL decides not to amend
the record as requested, CWSL will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a
hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be
provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
(3) The right to provide written consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the
student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent, including as set
forth in Part B, below.
(4) The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by CWSL to comply
with FERPA requirements. 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 20202-5901
B. CWSL is authorized to disclose education records without a student’s prior written consent to
school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is any person working for CWSL in an
administrative, supervisory, teaching, academic, research, or support staff position, including, but not limited to,
law enforcement unit personnel and health staff, whether employed by CWSL or hired as independent contractors; a
person or company with whom CWSL has contracted as its agent, including, but not limited to, attorneys, auditors,
collection agents, consultants and persons serving on the Board of Trustees; a student serving on an official
committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or
her tasks; or a person employed by CWSL or who volunteers for CWSL who assists an employee or student serving on an
official committee or in an official capacity.
A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order
to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for CWSL, including, but not limited to, performing appropriate
tasks that are specified in his/her job description or by a contract agreement, serving on any disciplinary or
grievance committee, performing a task related to a student’s education, and/or providing a service or benefit
relating to the student or student’s family (such as health care, counseling, job placement or financial aid).
In addition to other exceptions recognized under FERPA, CWSL may disclose education records without a student’s
prior written consent in response to a court order or lawfully issued subpoena, and can provide access to such
records to federal educational and auditing officers and accrediting organizations. Upon request, CWSL may disclose
education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll. CWSL
may also disclose personally identifiable information in connection with health or safety emergencies to appropriate
With the exception of subpoenas, which are reviewed by the General Counsel, the Vice Dean for Academic Affairs (or a
designee) is responsible for determining the legitimacy of each request for information.
CWSL may release a student’s directory information without written consent provided that the student (or former
student) has not specifically asked CWSL to refrain from releasing such information. The primary purpose of
directory information is to allow CWSL to include this type of information in certain school publications, such as
the honor roll, other recognition lists, and graduation programs. Directory information, which is information that
is generally not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be disclosed to outside
organizations without prior written consent. If a student wishes to restrict the release of any or all
directory information, a signed request must be filed with the Registrar’s Office. While a
student may file a request with the Registrar at any time, no directory information will be released during the
first fourteen calendar days of the Fall trimester to allow students time to file requests.
Unless a student restricts the release of this information, CWSL considers the following to be directory information:
student name, address, law school email address, telephone listing, photograph(s), date and place of birth, dates of
attendance, class year and current enrollment status, academic honors, participation in officially recognized
activities, previous institutions attended, and degrees and awards received.
Updated May 2015