FERPA Notice

Notification of FERPA Rights: Student Educational Records and Directory Information

The Cummings Institute is committed to protecting privacy of our students, full-time faculty, adjunct faculty, board members, team members, alumni and any other stakeholders in all communications and documeants in the institution’s possession.  This information includes, but is not limited to, social security numbers, credit card numbers and check information, personal and financial information, academic transcripts from schools, academic records at this institution, and/or emails. Such information belongs exclusively to the individual and cannot be released outside of the institution without the prior written approval of the individual who owns these records, except as provided under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Cummings Institute maintains student educational records, provides students access to their records, and keeps information contained in those records confidential as required by FERPA. The Act covers anyone who has enrolled at the institution, including:

  • Active students currently enrolled in a program
  • Former students and alumni
  • Administrative staff members, full-time faculty members, and adjunct faculty members.

When operating websites, the Cummings Institute takes special measures to ensure the confidentiality of the information is protected. A privacy statement is published on the websites that explains what information the Cummings Institute may collect through our websites, why the institution collects such information, how the information is protected, and the choices stakeholders have about how the Cummings Institute uses the information.

The Cummings Institute has the obligation to safeguard this information and to ensure the stakeholders are protected.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended (“FERPA”) sets out requirements designed to afford students certain rights with respect to their education records.  In addition, it puts limits on what information the institution may disclose to third parties without receiving prior written consent from the student via a FERPA release form, an authorized signature on another document or a lawfully-issued subpoena or judicial order.

The Registrar’s office maintains student educational records, provides students access to their records, and keeps information contained in those records confidential as required by the Family Educational Rights to Privacy Act (FERPA).  The Act covers anyone who is or has enrolled at the institution.

Procedure to Inspect and Retrieve Education Records

Under FERPA students have the right to inspect and review their education records.  A student who wishes to inspect and review his/her records should submit a written request to the Registrar.

All records requests will be responded to within 14 days from the date of receipt of the request.  If the requested records are subject to inspection and review by the student, arrangements for access will be made within a reasonable period of time, but in no case more than 45 calendar days after the request was made.

Definition of Education Records

Education records are defined as official records that are directly related to a student and maintained by the Registrar.

When a record contains personally identifiable information about more than one student, the student may inspect and review only the information that relates to him/her personally.

Request to Correct Education Records

Students have the right to request an amendment of their education records if he/she believes the record is inaccurate or misleading.  The request for amendment must be made in writing and include a notarized signature.  The request may be sent to the attention of the Office of the Registrar and must identify the part(s) of the education records to be amended and specifying the reasons why the student believes the information is inaccurate or misleading.

The Office of the Registrar shall notify the student of the decision within 15 days of the receipt of the request.  If the Office of the Registrar denies the student request to correct education records, the student has the right to file a grievance.

Disclosure of Educational Records

Generally, schools must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  • State and Federal Regulatory Agencies;
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial assistance to a student;
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  • Accrediting organizations;
  • Compliance with a judicial order or lawfully-issued subpoena;
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies or crises;
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.

The Cummings Institute has designated certain types of information as “Directory Information,” which may be disclosed without a student’s consent.

Directory Information

The Cummings Institute designates the following information as directory information.  Directory information is personally identifiable information, which may be disclosed without the student’s consent:

  • Student’s name
  • Home address
  • State or Country of residence
  • Program(s) of study
  • Dates of attendance
  • Course Schedules
  • Dates of admission
  • Degrees, certificates and awards granted
  • Award dates for degrees or certificates
  • Enrollment status (i.e., enrolled/active, future enrolled student, reentry, leave of absence, withdrawn)
  • Honors or awards received
  • Participation in activities officially recognized by the institution

Non-Directory Information

Non-directory information is considered any information that is not listed as directory information. This information may not be released without the prior written consent of the current or former applicant or student.

The Cummings Institute will annually notify students of their rights under FERPA.  Students may request nondisclosure of student directory information via a FERPA hold form, in writing, to the Office of the Registrar, Cummings Graduate Institute for Behavioral Health Studies, 16515 S 40th St, STE 143; Phoenix, AZ  85044.  Failure to request nondisclosure of directory information may result in disclosure of one or more of the above-designated categories of directory information.


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