Privacy of Academic Records

Student Rights Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the university has established policies governing privacy and release of student record information.

Directory information

The university has designated certain personally identifiable information as directory information, which may be released at the university's discretion to anyone who makes a request.

  • At Wayne State, directory information is defined as name, address, age or date of birth, level of education, major, degrees received, educational institution the student was most recently enrolled, honors, awards, email address, participation in sports or other activities, and the height and weight of members of athletic teams.

Students may restrict the release of directory information by filing a Request to Restrict Release of Directory Information Form with the Records and Registration Office.

Right to review and amend records

Students have the right to inspect and review their educational records, seek amendment of the records they believe to be inaccurate or in violation of their privacy rights, and consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their records (except to the extent that the law authorizes disclosure without consent). 

The university Registrar is charged with coordinating all requests to review your records. Requests to review or amend your records should be addressed to:

Academic Records
Wayne State University
5057 Woodward, fifth floor
Detroit, MI 48202

We are required by law to respond within 45 days of having received your request.

Disclosure of student records information

The university may disclose education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception allowing disclosure to school officials with a legitimate educational interest. A school official is a person employed by the university in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support-staff position — including law enforcement personnel and health system staff — or a person or company with whom the university has contracted as its agent to provide a service instead of using university officials (i.e. collection agencies and the National Student Clearinghouse).  

  • A school official has a legitimate educational interest if they need to review an education record in order to fulfill their professional responsibilities to Wayne State University. 

Students may authorize specific people or entities to have access to their education records by filling out an Authorization to Release Academic Records Form and returning it to the Records and Registration Office. 

Other rights

Students have the right to file a complaint regarding alleged failures of the university to comply with FERPA. Complaints should be addressed to:

Family Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave.
Washington, DC 20202

Important information and documents