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Privacy - FERPA

Privacy - FERPA  

The GEO adheres to the University’s policy regarding communication with parents under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records, including the right to inspect their education records, request an amendment of the records that the student believes are inaccurate, and the right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. 

Students have the primary responsibility for keeping their parents or guardians informed about their progress at the University, including their enrollment in study abroad or international internship. To this end, all program-related information and instructions will be sent directly to the student. We encourage students to share this information with their parents or guardians. In most instances, student educational record information, including whether or not a student has enrolled in study abroad, may not be released without prior written consent of the student. 

However during participation in the course abroad, if the faculty director and/or GEO learns that a student is experiencing health problems, has suffered an injury, or are otherwise in a situation that raises health and safety concerns, then Samford may contact the person whose name the student has provided as their “emergency contact.” The GEO ordinarily will not initiate such contact without first attempting to have a discussion with the student. But the GEO may initiate such contact, without discussing it with the student in advance, if the GEO or faculty director believes such action is necessary or appropriate under the circumstances, especially in the case of emergency. For questions about FERPA, contact the Office of the Registrar. 

Office of the Registrar: 1-877-726-2911