Registration and Records
CHANGE OF STUDENT INFORMATION
Change of local, permanent, and emergency contact addresses; name; or other
information affecting the student?s permanent academic record may be completed
by currently enrolled students through ARGUS at argus.uwf.edu. Forms are also
available through the Office of the Registrar.
DEATH OF A STUDENT
In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the University
of West Florida?s policy regarding the disposition of records held pertaining to
a deceased student state that the privacy interests of an individual expire with
that individual?s death.
CONFIDENTIALITY OF STUDENT RECORDS & DIRECTORY INFORMATION
The disclosure or publication of student information is governed by the policies
of the University of West Florida and the Board of Education within the
framework of State and Federal laws, including the Family Educational Rights and
Privacy Act of 1974.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain
rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:
- The right to inspect and review the student?s education records within 45
days of the day the University receives a request for access.
A student should submit to the registrar, or other appropriate official, a
written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The
University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of
the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not
maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that
official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request
should be addressed.
- 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 wishes to ask the University to amend a record should write the
University official responsible for the record, clearly identify the part of
the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.
If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University
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.
- The right to provide written consent before the University discloses
personally identifiable information from the student?s education records, except
to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
The University discloses education records without a student?s prior written
consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with
legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by the
University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support
staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel, health staff, and
student workers); a person or company with whom the University has contracted as
its agent to provide a service instead of using University employees or
officials (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving
on the Board of Trustees; or 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.
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 the University. Upon request, the University also discloses
education records without consent to officials of another school in which a
student seeks or intends to enroll.
- The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education
concerning alleged failures by the University to comply with the requirements of FERPA. 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
The university may release records without consent, under the following
- ?School officials? with a ?legitimate educational interest?/?need to know;?
Employees and legal agents have access to education records in order to perform
their official, educationally-related duties.
- Disclosure to another institution where student seeks to enroll or is
- Disclosure to Department of Education, state/local education authorities;
- Disclosure in connection with the receipt of financial aid (validating
- Disclosure to state/local officials in conjunction with legislative
- Disclosure to organizations conducting studies to improve instruction, or to
- Disclosure to parents of dependent students (IRS definition);
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Disclosure for a health/safety emergency; and
- Disclosure of directory information.
- Disciplinary information (Warner Amendment):
- Disclosure to the alleged victim, information from disciplinary proceedings;
- Only when found in violation, and only for crimes of violence?release of name,
sanction and outcome (public information); and
- Disclosure to parents of any student under the age of 21, a violation of
federal, state, local or institutional laws/regulations related to substance
abuse (Foley Amendment).
- Veterans Administration officials in response to requests related to VA
- Representatives of Homeland Security for purposes of the coordinating
interagency partnership regulating international (CIPRIS)
Directory information will be released for public records requests, the Campus
Directory, and for other requests, unless otherwise specified by the student.
The on line campus directory is available only internally through ARGUS.
Students entering UWF will automatically have their address and phone number
withheld from electronic publication unless the student indicates otherwise
Under the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, students
have the right to withhold disclosure of directory information. The information
listed below has been designated by the University as directory information and
will be released or published by the University unless the student has submitted
a request for ?non-release? to the University in writing or via ARGUS. Students
have the option for supression of directory information from various events (i.e.
commencement, etc.) .
Name, address, telephone number, dates of attendance, email address.
Most recent previous institution attended, major field of study,
awards, honors (includes Deans? list), degrees conferred (including
Past and present participation in officially
recognized sports and activities, physical factors (height, weight of athletes), date and
place of birth.
Commencement Program (name and degree at
time of graduation).
News releases (at time of graduation).
Students may choose to restrict all or a portion of their directory information
from the electronic directory by checking:
- No restrictions
- Suppress all information
- Suppress home address only
- Suppress home phone only
- Suppress home address and phone. (default upon enrollment)
Students who wish to have the privacy flag removed from their permanent academic
record must contact the Office of the Registrar in writing or may submit the
change on line through ARGUS. NOTE that electronic release of information is
separate from other printed and verbal release.