The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, FERPA, protects academic and other education records of students from unauthorized access. It allows the University to refuse to issue a transcript in the event of an outstanding financial obligation to the University or to a national loan program.
FERPA permits access to academic records within the University under the "legitimate need to know" clause. This allows faculty advisors, administrators, faculty and selected staff access as long as the use of such information is within the purpose of the university and for the benefit of the student.
FERPA allows access to academic records beyond the direct use of the University, or third party access, under the following circumstances:
Parents or guardians must present proof of the student's financial dependence or written approval of the student to the University before discussion of grades or academic performance. The FERPA release does not provide copies of Progress or Final Grades to parents or other parties.
It is the policy of Union University that any official transcript and/or verification of enrollment should be ordered through the Student Clearinghouse at studentclearinghouse.org. A student copy of the Union transcript for currently enrolled students is available to the student on WebAdvisor. Any document containing grades or grade point average of high school academic records or college credits transferred to Union University should be issued from the institution that maintains the permanent record. High School transcripts and transfer transcripts on file at Union University are third party, non-transferable records and are the property of Union University.
The other type of information addressed by FERPA, directory information (name, email address, date & place of birth, photograph, academic major/minor, dates of attendance, degrees & awards received, most previous institution attended), is considered public information UNLESS the student has a signed statement on file in the Academic Center to the contrary. Publication includes on the Union webpage/student directory, news releases and phone inquiries by prospective employers, insurance companies and others. Check the Campus Life Handbook for additional details.
Instructions on how to fill out your FERPA Declaration:
*Access to your WebAdvisor account will be granted 72 hours after your class registration.
**If you have any question or problems with the FERPA Declaration, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 731-661-5040.