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Appendix E - Student Records

WAC (Washington Administrative Code) sections:

516-26-010 Preamble

The purpose of this student records policy is to establish rules and procedures that appropriately implement the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), 20 USC 123g. Western Washington University is committed to safeguarding appropriate access to student education records as well as maintaining individual student privacy. The University records officer works to ensure that information contained in student records is treated responsibly with due regard to its personal nature, and for the students’, University’s and community’s needs. Questions regarding this policy should be addressed to the University records officer.

  1. Generally, students have the right to review and copy their education records. Students also have the right to challenge the content of, release of, or denial of access to their education records.
  2. The University will normally not permit access to the public without a student’s permission; some exceptions exist as detailed in this policy.
  3. The University may release directory information concerning a student unless the student requests in writing that it not be released.

Please read below for a complete description of the policy.

516-26-020 Definitions
516-26-030 Access to education records
516-26-035 Access to education records — Limitations on access
516-26-040 Right to copy education records
516-26-045 Request for explanation or interpretation of record
516-26-050 Challenges — To content of education records — To release of education records — Or to denial of access to education records
516-26-055 Challenges — Informal proceedings
516-26-060 Challenges — Hearing before student academic grievance board
516-26-070 Release of personally identifiable information or education records
516-26-075 Release of personally identifiable information or education records — Nature of consent required
516-26-080 Release of personally identifiable information or education records — Exceptions to consent requirement
516-26-085 Release of information in emergencies
516-26-090 Release of directory information
516-26-095 Destruction of education records
516-26-100 Notification of rights under this chapter