FERPA

Kent State University policy 5-08.101 provides operational procedures for administering and maintaining student education records in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).

FERPA Release Forms

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal Law that protects the privacy of students education records, both financial and academic. For the student's protection, FERPA limits release of student record information without the student's explicit written consent; however it also gives the student's parent(s)/guardian(s) the right to review those records if the parent(s)/guardian(s) claim the student as a dependent on their Federal Income Tax Return. Access the student FERPA release forms on your Student Tools and Courses page in FlashLine, or on the Registrar Forms Page.

Disclosure of Directory Information

Kent State University may release directory information (see the items listed below) on an unlimited basis to individual inquiries. As stated in University Policy 3342-5-08.101, lists of student information are not released to any non-University agencies not affiliated with Kent State University for solicitation purposes.

However, unless you request restriction of your directory information, your name, email address, telephone number and major will appear in the student online Phone Directory in FlashLine.

If you only wish to remove your phone number from appearing in the online Phone Directory and not restrict all your directory information, access the Update Addresses and Phones link on your My Account page in FlashLine and click in the Unlisted in Web Directory box for each phone number you want to make unlisted.

Additional Information

DIRECTORY INFORMATION INCLUDES:

  • the student's name
  • local and permanent address
  • telephone listing
  • class standing
  • enrollment status
  • honors
  • major field of study
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • dates of attendance
  • degrees and awards received
  • high school graduated from
  • email address
  • and most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student

TO RESTRICT YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION:

Students may restrict their directory information by completing the online form accessible from the Make a Request box on the Student Tools and Courses page in FlashLine or by printing and completing the Request to Prevent the Disclosure of Directory Information form available on the Registrar Forms Page. Please note that restricting information will prevent your name from appearing in any University publication, including the Commencement Program, Dean's List, etc.

TO CANCEL THE RESTRICTION OF YOUR DIRECTORY INFORMATION:

Students may cancel the restriction of directory information by completing the online form accessible from the Make a Request box on the Student Tools and Courses page in FlashLine or by completing the Request to Cancel the Restriction of Disclosure of Directory Information available on the Registrar Forms Page.