Student Directory Information And FERPA

Student Directory Information And FERPA

Unless your student opts out, UWM releases your student’s directory information to third parties upon request.

UWM publishes an online directory of students, faculty, staff, departments and campus locations. By default, the directory includes your name, address, phone, UWM Email Address, year in school and degree program. In addition, UWM releases directory information of currently enrolled students in accordance with the Wisconsin Public Records Law.

Opting out will provide your student with more privacy and less unwanted communications from third parties such as political parties and campaigns.  However, if your student opts out, your student’s contact information will not be included in the public UWM online directory.  Also, your student will not receive communications from local restaurants and businesses.  Students who opt out of directory information will appear in honor listings and commencement programs.

Here are instructions to share with your student if your student prefers to opt out of the online directory:

  1. Log in to PAWS
  2. Under the yellow Personal Information header, click on the blue Change Contact Restriction button
  3. Click the Yes button to make your contact information private, then click save

For more information about sharing and protecting your student’s information, as well as how to restrict the release of all information about your student, please see: https://uwm.edu/onestop/your-student-record/sharing-and-protecting-your-information/

FERPA

When your child was in high school, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gave you and your child rights to access and control your child’s educational records. Now that your child is in college, these same laws transfer ownership of the records directly to your child(ren).

According to FERPA, college students are considered responsible adults and are allowed to determine who will receive information about them. While parents understandably have an interest in a student’s academic progress, they are not automatically granted access to a student’s records without written consent of the student. Parents are encouraged to consult with the student if academic information is needed.

See the UWM FERPA website for more information about FERPA for Parents, as well as answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Story posted May 4, 2022