The Catholic University of America

FERPA & Student Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, commonly referred to by the acronym “FERPA” and the Buckley Amendment (20 U.S.C. 1232g, 34 CFR 99), was enacted by Congress in 1974. FERPA mandates that schools, including colleges and universities, maintain students' records in a certain way. Students must be allowed to inspect and review their education records and request the amendment of records that are inaccurate or misleading. Schools are also restricted from disclosing student records except in limited circumstances.
 
All students’ conduct files are maintained by the Office of the Dean of Students, and are maintained for a period of five (5) years from the student’s last date of attendance at CUA. In circumstances where a student(s) was suspended or expelled from the university, the Dean of Students may maintain specific information related to the incident that led to the student’s separation from the institution.

For more information regarding FERPA and the University’s policy on student records, please refer to our official policy.