Federal Education Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) & Directory Information

Education Records

The family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 as amended affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  These include: 

  • The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day the University receives a request for access, 
  • The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading, 
  • The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, and 
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Point Loma Nazarene University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  

Directory Information

The University has defined directory information as name, address (including electronic mail), telephone number, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, and the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended.  Students can update their privacy settings through their student portal. This information may be provided as public information or to individuals who demonstrate a need to contact students.  Students choosing not to release this information must electronically update their portal prior to the second Monday of each semester.

Periodically, PLNU conducts formal and informal (casually taken around the campus) photo and video shoots for use in university publications, promotional videos/commercials, and the PLNU Web site. Students who require that no identifiable image be used by the university must notify Marketing and Creative Services in writing prior to the second Monday of each semester (office located in Starkey B).  In addition, PLNU may submit information about students' participation in school activities to media outlets.  Students who require that their names be excluded from such stories must notify Marketing and Creative Services in writing prior to the second Monday of each semester (office located in Starkey B).  For more information please visit the FERPA web site.