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Guidelines for faculty/staff related to FERPA

FERPA Q & A . . .

 

  1. A student’s degree can be confirmed to some external (outside of WMU) source without first obtaining the permission of the student so long as the institution identifies “degree” as directory information.
    True or False?

  2. An institution must give its students the opportunity to withhold the release of any or all designated items of directory information.
    True or False?

  3. Email addresses can be considered directory information.
    True or False?

  4. It is permissible to distribute graded examinations by placing them on a table for students to pick up after class.
    True or False?

  5. Faculty have the right to inspect education records of any student attending WMU without giving a reason.
    True or False?

  6. A student has a right to inspect information in his or her file in the registrar’s office and in his or her major department.
    True or False?

  7. An institution must release any information identified as directory information by the institution to anyone upon request.
    True or False?

  8. A former student has the same right to inspect and review his or her record as a student who is currently attending WMU.
    True or False?

  9. According to FERPA, students may request that institutions not disclose which of the following about them: (select correct answer)

    1. directory information
    2. non-directory information
    3. both directory information and non-directory information
    4. incidental information
    5. education record information

  10. A student has the right to inspect and review an essay submitted by the student, even if the teacher does not intend to return it to the student or to permanently maintain it.
    True or False?

  11. An advisor does not have to allow a student to inspect and review her/his personal notes about the student that are held in a file in the desk of the advisor's office.
    True or False?

  12. It is okay to give a parent or another student a copy of a students’ schedule since schedules are public information.
    True or False?

  13. Is an individual who has applied for admission to a college a student of that college for purposes of FERPA?
    Yes or No?

  14. It is okay to release information on a high school student attending WMU as a dual-enrolled student to the student’s parents since the student is not yet 18, FERPA regulations do not apply to this student. True or False?

  15. A student's degree can be confirmed to some external (outside of WMU) source without first obtaining the permission of the student as long as "degree" is identified by the institution as directory information.
    True or False?

  16. A student’s class schedule is considered directory information and therefore can be released without the student’s permission.
    True or False?

  17. Multiple choice: Which of the following is not identified as part of directory information at WMU? (a) name (b) date of birth (c) WMU email address or (d) dates of attendance at WMU.
    (select one)

  18. The student scholarship chair of a WMU fraternity has asked that you provide the grade point averages for all of their members, in order that scholarships and academic honors can be awarded.   This information can be provided.
    True or False ?

  19. The FERPA rules regarding disclosure of information apply at all times, even in an emergency situation. True or False?

  20. It is permissible to take attendance in class by passing around a class list with student names and asking students to indicate their attendance by initialing their names.
    True or False?

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Western Michigan University
Kalamazoo MI 49008-5256 USA
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