FERPA Restrictions: View

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy rights of a student's education record. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under any program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA applies only to student records and carries no authority over employee records.

Under FERPA, schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" or "public" information about a student, such as name, address, and dates of attendance, provided that the student has a reasonable opportunity to restrict the disclosure of such information.

Identifying FERPA Restrictions

In UAConnect, the privacy shade icon (FERPA privacy shade icon) is used to indicate that all or part of a student's directory/public information is restricted. When you see the shade icon on any page, it indicates that the student has requested that at least part of his or her directory information be restricted from release to third parties.

You may click the privacy shade icon (ferpa shade ) icon to open the Non-Releasable FERPA Directory Information page and view the restrictions.

Screenshot of Non-releasable directory information to be held under FERPA

If there is no privacy shade icon present on a student's record, there are no FERPA restrictions in place. The university may release the student's directory/public information. 

Screenshot of FERPA indicator, "If there is no privacy shade icon present on the student's record, there are no FERPA restrictions in place. The university may release that student's directory/public information."

FERPA Directory Information

The University of Arkansas has designated the following as directory information and may release this information unless the student has submitted a request for non-disclosure restriction:

  • Names - Hold All Directory Information
  • All Address Types and Address Information
  • All Phone Types and Phone Information
  • Athletics and Extracurricular Activities
  • Major Field of Study
  • Classification by Year
  • Number of Hours Enrolled
  • Number of Hours Completed
  • Weight of Members of Athletic Teams
  • Height of Members of Athletic Teams
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Withdrawal Dates
  • Degrees
  • Scholarships
  • Honors
  • Awards Received and Type
  • Awards Received and Date Granted
  • Student Photo

  FERPA Restrictions - View (pdf)