La Verne abides by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 as amended. Students have the right to inspect and review information contained in their education records, to challenge the contents of their education records, to have a hearing if they consider the outcome of the challenge to be unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if they feel the decisions of the hearing panels are unacceptable. La Verne’s Registrar coordinates the inspection and review procedures for student education records, which include admissions, personal, academic, and financial files, and academic, cooperative education, and placement records. The Dean of Student Affairs oversees the review of records pertaining to social judicial matters. Students wishing to review their education records must make written requests to La Verne’s Registrar listing the item(s) of interest. Records covered by the Act will be made available within 45 days of the request. Students may have copies of their records, at their own expense, with certain exceptions (e.g., a copy of a transcript upon which a “financial hold” has been placed or copies of transcripts from other schools). Educational records do not include records of instructional, administrative, and educational personnel which are the sole possession of the maker and are not accessible or revealed to any individual (except temporary substitutes); La Verne security records; student health records; employment records; or alumni records. Health records may be reviewed by physicians of the students’ choosing. In addition, students may not see financial information submitted by their parents, any confidential letters or recommendations to which they have waived their rights of inspection and review, or education records containing information about more than one student. In the latter case, a student will be permitted access only to that part of the record which pertains to him or her.
Students who believe that their education records contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their privacy or other rights may discuss their problems informally with the Registrar, either in person or in writing. If the Registrar agrees with a student’s requests, the appropriate records will be amended. If not, the student will be informed and may request a formal hearing. This request must be made in writing to the Registrar who will inform the student of the date, place, and time of the hearing before a panel selected by La Verne. The student may present evidence relevant to the issues raised and may be assisted or represented at the hearings by one or more persons of the student’s choice, including attorneys, at the student’s expense. Decisions of the hearing panel are final and based solely on the evidence presented at the hearing. The panel’s written judgment will be delivered to all parties concerned. If the decision is in favor of the student, the education records will be corrected. If the decision is not satisfactory to the student, he or she may place with the education records statements commenting on the information in the records or statements setting forth any reasons for disagreeing with the decisions of the hearing panel. These statements will be placed in the student’s education records, maintained as part of them, and released whenever the records in question are disclosed. A student who believes that the decisions of this adjudication process were unfair or not in keeping with the Act may make a written request for assistance to La Verne’s President. Students who still believe that their rights have been abridged may file complaints with the U.S. Department of Education, Washington, DC.
No one outside La Verne may have access to, nor will La Verne disclose, any information from a student’s education record without the written consent of the student. Exceptions are La Verne personnel, officials of other institutions in which the student seeks to enroll, persons or organizations providing the student’s financial aid, accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation functions, persons in compliance with a judicial order, and persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons. Within the La Verne community, only members acting in the students’ educational interest, individually or collectively, are allowed access to student education records. These members include personnel from the Offices of the Provost, the Executive Vice President, Registrar, Financial Aid, Admissions, and Academic Advising, as well as academic personnel within the limitations of their need to know.
At the discretion of La Verne officials, the following directory information will be provided: student’s name, enrollment status (full time or part time and class level), major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, e-mail address, permanent address, current phone number, participation in officially recognized activities, photographs, and, for student athletes, weight and height. A student wishing to withhold this directory information must complete the Privacy Request Form in La Verne’s Registrar’s Office or at their center of registration. The privacy request will be valid until the student directs the Registrar’s Office or campus of registration to remove the request.