Confidentiality and Security
records are kept by University offices to facilitate the educational
development of students. Faculty and staff members may also keep
informal records relating to their functional responsibilities with
The Federal Family Educational Rights
and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 identifies the rights of students and
their families with respect to student educational records kept by
institutions. As part of the requirements of FERPA, the University has
a policy on Confidentiality of Student Records.
For additional information, visit the website of the Office of Enterprise Risk Management, Ethics and Compliance
The Law Provides
- the right of access to
education records by persons who attend or who have attended Rutgers
University. Applicants for admission and those denied admission do not
have access rights.
- the right to inspect, review, and obtain copies of records (with some limitations).
- the right to challenge the content of a record.
- the right to waive access to certain items, if you feel this waiver would be beneficial.
- the right to know what records are kept, under whose jurisdiction, and for what period of time.
The Law Protects Your Interests
- by requiring your written consent prior to releasing your records to others.
maintaining a record of requests for information from your file and
indicating the reasons for and disposition of the requests. You may
inspect this record.
- by stipulating to the recipient of
your record that your record may not be released to others without your
consent and that it may not be used for any purpose other than those
specified in the original release.
- by publicly
announcing those elements of directory information which will be
released without your consent and providing you with an opportunity to
restrict the release of this information.
Your Rights of Access to Your Records
The right of access
to education records means that you are entitled to review, inspect,
and obtain copies of your education records (with some limitations).
The law defines education records as:
"Educational records are those records which: (1) are directly
related to a student, and (2) are maintained by an educational agency
Right of Access to Your Records by Others
Before the university can release your records to most third
parties, you must authorize such a release. Your consent to release
records must be written, signed, and dated. It should specify the
records to be disclosed, the purpose for disclosure, and the party, or
class of parties, to whom disclosure may be made.
You may, for your convenience, give general consent to classes of
inquiries (for example, all prospective employers). You may request a
copy of the record to be disclosed and, if it contains confidential
material to which you have either no right of access or have waived
your right of access, you are entitled to an inventory of such material.
The university may release information without your consent to:
- Officials or faculty of Rutgers University who have a legitimate educational interest in your records.
- Authorized representatives of:
- The Comptroller General of the United States.
- The Secretary of the U.S. Department of Health, Education and Welfare.
- The Commissioner of Education, the Director of the National Institute of Education, or the Assistant Secretary for Education.
- State educational authorities.
- Financial aid officers to:
- determine your eligibility.
- determine the amount of your financial aid.
- determine the conditions which will be imposed regarding your financial aid.
- enforce terms or conditions.
officials or authorities to whom information is specifically required
to be reported or disclosed pursuant to state statutes adopted prior to
November 19, 1974.
- Educational testing organizations, if no personally identifiable information is disclosed.
- Accrediting organizations in order that they may carry out their accrediting function.
court in compliance with a judicial order. (In such a case, the
university will make a reasonable effort to notify the student in
advance of the release.)
- Life safety personnel in a health or a safety emergency.
Any of these disclosures are subject to the restrictions imposed by the act and subject to your review.
The university is permitted to provide directory information without
your consent. However, you are entitled to know what is classified as
directory information and you have the right to request that such
information not be disclosed. Rutgers defines directory information as:
- Name, date of birth, campus address, campus post office address, campus telephone number
- Permanent (home) address, permanent (home) telephone number
- Rutgers e-mail address, RUCS user name
of attendance, major field of study, class year, dates of attendance,
current credit load, credit hours earned, degree(s) received, and
date(s) of degree(s), honors and awards
- Weight and height of intercollegiate athletes
- Most recent previous school attended
You may request that such information be kept confidential by
writing to the University Registrar, Administrative Services Building,
65 Davidson Road, Room 200L, Piscataway, NJ 08854-8096. Publishers of
the On-line Student Directory are required to honor your request.
Directory Information Exclusion Form
For further information see the Directory Information Exclusion Form
below. Should you wish to withhold your directory information from
being released to external agencies, print and complete the form and
mail it to the following address:
Office of the Registrar
Rutgers, The State University of N.J.
65 Davidson Road, ASB, Room 200L
Piscataway, NJ 08854-8096
Click HERE for the Directory Information Exclusion Form
Updated: June 20, 2016