Mississippi Valley State University

July 23, 2016

Release of Student Information




(The Buckley Amendment – The Family Educational And Privacy Act of 1974)

Provisions for reviewing and correcting student information as required under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (The Buckley Amendment) have been available to Mississippi Valley State University (MVSU) students and parents for many years. Essentially, students have the opportunity to see official copies of personal and academic information which are collected and distributed by the Office of Student Records during each semester of enrollment. Further, the student has the opportunity to correct personal and other data and to submit such changes to the Office of Student Records during the registration period.

Pursuant to requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, the following types of information are hereby designated as directory information and may be released via official media of MVSU according to the University policy, the student’s:



Telephone number

Date and place of birth

Major field of study

Dates of attendance

Degrees and awards received

Weight and height of members athletic teams

Participation in officially recognized of activities and sports

The most recent previous educational agency or institution attended by the student and other similar information.


Students must inform the Office of Student Records in writing if they refuse to permit the University to Release “directory information” about them without specific prior consent. Notification to the University of refusal to permit the release of “directory information” will result in the University’s refusing to release any of this information to anyone except as provided by law. Such a decision may result in a student’s name not appearing in the:

Lists of honor students

Candidates for graduation

Athletic programs

News releases

Other publications

Therefore, students are encouraged to give this matter careful consideration before making the decision. Once made, the decision will remain in effect until notification from the student is received by the Office of Student Records, in writing, to the contrary.

If the student is a minor, the parents or legal guardians may exercise the same rights. If the student is 18 years of age or older, MVSU will not permit the parents or legal guardians to inspect the student’s record unless the student has stated, in writing, to the Director of Student Records that the records may be released or opened for inspection.

However, if the parents are supporting the student – that is, if the student is a dependent as defined by the Internal Revenue Code – then the University may choose to disclose the records to the parents. If parents insist on a review of the records and demonstrate that their student is dependent, the University will grant access to the records.

The students have the right to file a complaint with the U. S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the college to comply with the requirements of federal law as they pertain to access and disclosure of students’ education records. The name and address of the Office that administers this law is:

Family Policy Compliance Office

U. S. Department of Education

400 Maryland Avenue, S.W.

Washington, DC 20202-4605

Questions or concerns about the privacy of students’ education records or these procedures may be brought to the attention of the Director of Student Records located in the Annex 1 - Administration Building.

Revised October 10, 2008