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INFORMATION PRIVACY AND STUDENT RIGHTS

What are my rights regarding my education records?

All students enrolled at Yale University are protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which is commonly known as "the Buckley amendment". Students’ rights include, but are not limited to, the right to inspect and review their education records, under certain conditions, and the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Read the full statement of Yale University’s FERPA policies, which is published annually in the Yale Weekly Bulletin and Calendar.

Can Yale release my personally identifiable student information without my prior written consent?

YES. Under the provisions of FERPA, Yale has designated certain information about present and former students as "directory information" and may release it to the public unless the student files a non-disclosure form with the registrar of the student’s Yale school. By filing the non-disclosure form, students may request that Yale not release one or both of the following categories of information:

Category I: Name, local and other addresses, local telephone number, school or residential college affiliation, E-mail address, dates of attendance, class, major field of study, degrees conferred and dates of conferral, previous educational institution(s) attended, date of birth, name and address of parent or guardian, and picture or video.

Category II: Awards, honors (including Dean’s list), past and present participation in University-sponsored extracurricular activities and sports, height and weight of members of athletic teams, and place of birth.

Click here for a downloadable version of the non-disclosure form.

Can I still receive email if I request non-disclosure of my directory information?

YES. However, one of the consequences of requesting non-disclosure of Category I information is that you will automatically be excluded from the on-line Yale directory, and email addressed to your email alias – typically firstname.lastname@yale.edu – will not reach you. If people know your actual email address, they will be able to send you mail.

Will my name appear in the Commencement Program if I request non-disclosure of my directory information?

NO. However, you may inform your registrar that you wish to make an exception for the Commencement Program. Submit this exception in writing or click here to use the downloadable form.



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