The Family Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly called the Buckley Amendment) is designed to, with certain exceptions, protect the privacy of education records, establish the rights of students to inspect and review their records, and provide a means of correcting inaccurate and misleading data. Lynn University makes every effort to comply with this legislation.
Certain information is considered public and is released at the University’s discretion. Unless a student files written notification to withhold disclosure, the University will release directory information (see list below). This includes announcements of graduation, honors and awards, and verification of the dates of attendance and conferring of degrees. Names, addresses, phone numbers, and other directory information will be released for use within the University community. Only transcripts of academic records and statement of academic status pertaining to Lynn University course work are released to third parties and then only with the written authorization of the student.
Parents of a dependent student have the right of access to educational records.
A student or eligible parent has the right to challenge any content of the student’s education record which is considered to be inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy or other rights. Such challenge may be directed to the Office of the Registrar in writing and clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. Please note, however, that Lynn University is not required to consider requests for amendment under FERPA that seek to change a grade, disciplinary decision, or the opinions or reflections of a school official or other person reflected in an education record.
- If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student or eligible parent, the Registrar will notify the student or eligible parent of the decision and advise the student or parent of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.
- The request shall be in writing and presented to the Vice President for Academic Affairs. A hearing officer appointed by the Vice President for Academic Affairs will conduct the hearing. The hearing will be conducted within a reasonable time frame after the request for the hearing has been received. The hearing officer will notify the student or eligible parent, reasonably in advance, of the date, place, and time of the hearing.
- The student or eligible parent will be afforded a full and fair opportunity to present evidence relevant to the issue raised. One or more other persons may accompany the student or parent. Such individuals, however, are not permitted to address the hearing officer. The hearing officer will make a decision in writing based upon the evidence presented at the hearing within a reasonable time. The decision will include a summary of the evidence presented and the reasons for the decision.
- If the hearing officer supports the challenge request, the education record will be amended accordingly and the student or eligible parent will be so informed. If the hearing officer decides not to amend the education record, the student has the right to place in the education record a statement commenting on the challenged information and/or stating the reasons for disagreement with the decision. This statement will be maintained as part of the education record as long as the contested portion of the record is maintained, and whenever a copy of the education record is sent to any party, the student’s statement will be included.
A student’s permanent record consists of the transcript, application for admittance, and semester grade reports. These are maintained in the Office of the Registrar. All documentation used in the admission and placement processes, while considered nonpermanent, also is maintained in the Office of the Registrar during the period of the student’s enrollment.