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Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended prohibits us from sharing information about you with other individuals unless the University has certified proof that the individual inquiring on your behalf is your legal guardian, and that you are financially dependent upon that individual.

We cannot tell third parties the balance of your account or the amount of your loan check. We cannot tell third parties if you have paid your Statement, or the amount and date of the payment.

Grades and information concerning your enrollment status cannot be released except to state and federal agencies requesting specific information necessary to service you appropriately. Transcripts are only released under your explicit written authorization.

We recognize that this limitation may cause occasional inconvenience to you, your family, and other interested parties, but we are bound by law to protect your right to privacy. You, of course, can secure this information by visiting our office or calling, when a visit is not possible. However, information such as "grade earned" will not be given over the telephone.

You may choose to restrict further access to your records, such as "directory information". See the Notification of Rights Under FERPA document and the online printable Non-Disclosure of Directory Information form. For further information regarding this or other concerns with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, contact:

Office of the University Registrar
220 Thackeray Hall
University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
(412) 624-7600

For additional information regarding FERPA, you may also refer to: Access to Student Educational Records -- Policy 09-08-01, Procedure 09-08-01, and the Waiver to Release Educational Records Form. The Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education has jurisdiction over the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

 

 

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University of Pittsburgh

Office of the University Registrar

220 Thackeray Hall

Pittsburgh, PA 15260

Email: registrar

Phone: 412-624-7600