Privacy of Records

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. The purpose of the act is to give students access to their official records at the college, to provide an opportunity to correct inaccurate or misleading statements and to ensure that records are not released to unauthorized persons without the consent of the student. Sacred Heart University students have the right to view any records which directly involve the student except for financial records and statements given by parents to the Office of Student Financial Assistance, medical records supplied by a physician and confidential letters or recommendations. No one else has the right of access to this material without the prior written consent of the student involved. A student who wishes to examine his/her academic records must first see the Registrar to schedule an appointment to view his/her files.

It is important to note that some information is designated as “Directory Information” and is available to individuals, agencies and organizations within and without the University. Students, however, may refuse the release of any or all of the Directory Information by stating this in writing to the Dean of Students or Registrar within the first weeks of each semester. Refusal to release information will remain in effect until otherwise instructed by in writing by the student.

Sacred Heart University identifies the following as Directory Information:

  • Name
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Home Address
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degree sought and expected date of graduation
  • Major/Minor field of study
  • Grade Level (Freshman, Sophomore, Junior or Senior)
  • Enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, full-time or part-time)
  • Previous institutions attended
  • Degree(s) conferred (including dates)
  • Honors and Awards
  • Participation in officially recognized activities/sports

Students should consider very carefully the consequences of any decision to withhold directory information. If the student decides to inform Sacred Heart University not to release directory information, any future requests for such information from non-institutional persons or organizations will be refused.