Privacy and Access to Student Records
Finlandia University designates the following categories of student information as public or “directory information.” The institution may disclose such information for any purpose, at its discretion.
Public Directory Information
|Name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, dates of attendance, class status, part-time or full-time status, class schedule/roster, photos.
|Previous institution(s) attended, degree and major, awards, honors (includes dean’s and honors lists), degrees conferred (including dates).
|Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and school activities, physical factors (height, weight) of athletes, date and place of birth.
Students have the right to inspect their personal records. The University Registrar will respond within five working days to written requests to inspect personal records. Students also have the right to prevent release of information from personal files.
Currently enrolled students may withhold disclosure of any of the above categories of information under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended. To withhold disclosure, written permission (valid for one year only) must be submitted in person to the University Registrar prior to September 30 of the fall semester, January 30 of the spring semester, and May 30 of the summer semester. Forms to request the withholding of directory information are available from the University Registrar.
Finlandia University assumes that the failure of any student to specifically request withholding any category of directory information indicates individual approval for disclosure. If students would like other information, such as transcripts or instructor evaluations, released from a personal file, they must submit written permission to the University Registrar. Forms are also available.
Students have the right to file a complaint with the Department of Education for alleged institutional failure to comply with FERPA requirements.