The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 was established to protect the privacy of student educational records and to guarantee the student the opportunity to review and, when necessary, to challenge the accuracy of his or her educational records through formal procedures. Cleary University supports the purpose of this policy and ensures student access to his or her academic records and protection of his or her rights to privacy by limiting the transferability of his or her records without written consent. Exceptions include Cleary University employees performing an assigned University activity, and those designated by federal law. Although it is not the practice of the University to release information without the informed consent of the student, at its discretion the University may provide directory information in accordance with the provisions of FERPA which include: student name, home address, Cleary e-mail address, semesters of attendance, full/part-time status, degree(s) awarded, dates of graduation, program of study, and participation in officially recognized activities and sports. A copy of the complete policy can be obtained from the Records Office. Should an infringement of FERPA occur, students should contact the Records Office at Cleary University and may also contact the Family Policy Compliance Office, United States Department of Education.