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Release of Student Information

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law designed to protect the confidentiality of your records. Unfortunately, the law can be confusing. To clarify how FERPA regulations affect students in School of Continuing Studies programs, the school’s administration consulted IU’s University Counsel.

If, after reading the information below, you have questions about FERPA, call 800.334.1011.

Under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act:

  1. If you are taking a high school course and you are 17 years old or younger, your parents or legal guardians hold the rights to authorize the Indiana University School of Continuing Studies to release your student records to third parties. In other words, your parents hold the FERPA rights for that course.

  2. If you are taking a high school course and you are 18 or older, you hold the FERPA rights for that course, and we may not release your records to your parents without your written permission.

  3. If you were 17 years old or younger at the time of enrollment and turn 18 while still enrolled in a high school course, you assume the FERPA rights for the course, and we may not release your records to your parents without your written permission.

Certain information is public and will be released unless you file the appropriate form. Public information is limited to the following: name; address; phone number; major field of study; dates of attendance; admission or registration status; campus, school, college, or division; class standing; degrees and awards; activities; and sports and athletic information.

Public information that cannot be restricted includes name, registration status, degrees, and dates of attendance.

You can obtain the form for restricting the release of information by downloading the form or by sending an email request for the form to iuhs@indiana.edu.