FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) provides students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records.
  • The right to request correction of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA.
  • The right to provide written consent to disclosure of those records, subject to exceptions.
  • The right to opt out of making directory information available without consent.

Should students wish to inspect or release to third parties information contained within their educational records, UWM provides two primary ways for students to provide third parties with access to their information: PAWS Designate Access, and Student Consent Release. Students may create a Designate Access account in PAWS and choose what information to release, to whom, and for how long. Each student may have a maximum of three additional accounts at any time. Students may also complete a FERPA Student Consent form and return to the Bursars Office, Financial Aid, or the Registrar’s Office. The form can be downloaded from:

uwm.edu/onestop/wp-content/uploads/ sites/82/2015/06/ferpa_universal_consent.pdf.

The University will make arrangements for the student regarding the time and place where the records may be inspected or when they will be released to the third party requested. Students may right to revoke consent at any time by removing access in PAWS or delivering a written revocation to the Registrar’s Office.

Disclosures allowed under FERPA:

  • FERPA allows the release of education records without the student’s or parent’s consent to authorized representatives of the attorney general for law enforcement purposes.
  • FERPA permits disclosure to an alleged victim of either a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense the final results of any disciplinary action taken against an alleged perpetrator.
  • UWM has the discretion to disclose the final results of any disciplinary proceeding undertaken against a student who is an alleged respondent of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, if as a result of that disciplinary proceeding, UWM has determined that the student committed the crime or offense. However, the definition of “final results” is limited solely to the name of the student, the violation committed, and any sanction imposed by UWM on that student. Only where a victim or witness has provided written consent may UWM disclose the name of that student.
  • UWM may disclose to a student’s parent or legal guardian information regarding any drug or alcohol violation (whether pursuant to federal, state or local law, or institutional policy) where the student is under 21 and UWM has determined that the student has committed a disciplinary violation.
  • Requests in connection with an emergency, if such information is necessary to protect the health or safety of you or another person.
  • FERPA prohibits the University from disclosing your whereabouts. If you wish family or friends to know how to reach you in an emergency, please provide them with a copy of your schedule of classes and campus work hours/location.