Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Colorado State University Global practices in regard to student record keeping and access are based on the provisions of FERPA. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) afford eligible students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days after the day the university receives a request for access. A student should submit a written request to the registrar that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The Registrar will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the school official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.
  • The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.

A student who wishes to ask the school to amend a record should write the Registrar or school official responsible for the record, clearly identifying the part of the record the student wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If the school decides not to amend the record as requested, CSU Global will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student's right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • The right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

CSU Global discloses education records without a student's prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A school official is a person employed by Colorado State University Global in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee. A school official also may include a volunteer or contractor outside of Colorado State University Global who performs an institutional service of function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the school with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, collection agent, or student volunteering to assist another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for CSU Global.

  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Colorado State University Global to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the Office that administers FERPA is:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, D.C. 20202

Schools may disclose, without consent, directory information (designated below), collectively or individually. A student may request that the student's directory information not be released without prior written consent by submitting a "Request to Withhold/Release Directory Information" form by the end of the second week of classes. The following is considered directory information:

  • Student Name
  • Address(es)
  • Telephone Number(s)
  • Date and Place of Birth
  • Major Field of Study
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degrees Granted and Dates Conferred
  • Awards Received
  • Enrollment Status (full or part time)
  • Institution Attended or Most Recent Educational Agency

FERPA permits the disclosure of PII from students' education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions found in §99.31 of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, §99.32 of FERPA regulations requires the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student if it is:

  • To other school officials, including teachers, within CSU Global whom the school has determined to have legitimate educational interests. This includes contractors, consultants, volunteers, or other parties to whom the school has outsourced institutional services or functions, provided that the conditions listed in §99.31(a)(1)(i)(B)(1) - (a)(1)(i)(B)(2) are met. (§99.31(a)(1))
  • To officials of another school where the student seeks or intends to enroll, or where the student is already enrolled if the disclosure is for purposes related to the student's enrollment or transfer, subject to the requirements of §99.34. (§99.31(a)(2))
  • To authorized representatives of the U. S. Comptroller General, the U. S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or State and local educational authorities, such as a State postsecondary authority that is responsible for supervising the university's State-supported education programs. Disclosures under this provision may be made, subject to the requirements of §99.35, in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal- or State-supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs. These entities may make further disclosures of PII to outside entities that are designated by them as their authorized representatives to conduct any audit, evaluation, or enforcement or compliance activity on their behalf. (§§99.31(a)(3) and 99.35)
  • In connection with financial aid for which the student has applied or which the student has received, if the information is necessary to determine eligibility for the aid, determine the amount of the aid, determine the conditions of the aid, or enforce the terms and conditions of the aid. (§99.31(a)(4))
  • To organizations conducting studies for, or on behalf of, CSU Global in order to: (a) develop, validate, or administer predictive tests; (b) administer student aid programs; or (c) improve instruction. (§99.31(a)(6))
  • To accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions. ((§99.31(a)(7))
  • To parents of an eligible student if the student is a dependent for IRS tax purposes. (§99.31(a)(8))
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena. (§99.31(a)(9))
  • To appropriate officials in connection with a health or safety emergency, subject to §99.36. (§99.31(a)(10))
  • Information the school has designated as "directory information" under §99.37. (§99.31(a)(11))
  • To a victim of an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or a non-forcible sex offense, subject to the requirements of §99.39. The disclosure may only include the final results of the disciplinary proceeding with respect to that alleged crime or offense, regardless of the finding. (§99.31(a)(13))
  • To the general public, the final results of a disciplinary proceeding, subject to the requirements of §99.39, if the school determines the student is an alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or non-forcible sex offense and the student has committed a violation of the school's rules or policies with respect to the allegation made against him or her. (§99.31(a)(14))
  • To parents of a student regarding the student's violation of any Federal, State, or local law, or of any rule or policy of CSU Global, governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance if the school determines the student committed a disciplinary violation and the student is under the age of 21. (§99.31(a)(15))

Possible Federal and State Data Collection and Use

As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which a student’s education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records - including Social Security Number, grades, or other private information - may be accessed without consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities (“Federal and State Authorities”) may allow access to a student’s records and PII without consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is “principally engaged in the provision of education,” such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to the education records and PII without consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when such research is objected to or not requested. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without the student’s consent PII from education records, and they may track participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about the student that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.

Name Changes

Students who have changed their legal name and wish to update their academic record should complete a Name Change form and submit it with the appropriate documentation through the Student Portal.

A copy of a signed, valid Social Security card is required for all name changes along with one of the following: a State Driver's License, Passport (U.S./International), U.S. Resident Alien Card, U.S. Military ID, Indian tribe's enrollment card, or U.S. Bureau of Indian Affairs identification card containing the signature and photograph of the individual. Documents must be legible and valid at the time of being submitted.

University Communication

Student Identification Numbers

All CSU Global students are assigned a random six-digit student identification number. Students are requested to use this number when requesting information from the school. Students may request student ID cards through the Student Portal.

Document Submission

CSU Global may request that students submit documents to the Student Portal. Unless a different return method is specified, students are responsible for returning/submitting any requested documentation through the Student Portal to allow tracking of document receipt and minimize the possibility of document loss.

Assignment Submission

All course assignments must be submitted via the online Learning Management System for that course. Students encountering technical difficulties should contact Tech Support for assistance. Students are responsible for checking to ensure that all work has been submitted accurately.

Access to Closed Courses

Students have access to prior courses for 75 days from the Canvas homepage. Students are responsible for saving copies of all assignments as CSU Global cannot provide access to closed courses to retrieve copies of assignments.

Email Acceptable Use Policy

Email is an official means for communication within CSU Global and, therefore, CSU Global has the right to send communications to employees and students via email and the right to expect that those communications will be received and read in a timely fashion. All communication from faculty and staff to students must be sent through their official CSU Global email account and not through a personal email account.

Assignment of Email Addresses

All students are assigned a CSU Global email address that will be the official address for communication with students.

Following University Withdrawal or Academic Suspension, CSU Global email accounts may be deactivated until the student is reinstated with the university. Students should review their profile in the Student Portal to correct/modify their secondary email and ensure continued communication with CSU Global.

Official Communications

Employees and students are expected to check their official email frequently and on a consistent basis to stay current with CSU Global communications. CSU Global recommends employees and students check email daily.

Redirecting Email

Students may have their CSU Global email address redirected to another email address. However, CSU Global is not responsible for the handling of email by outside vendors. Having email redirected does not absolve a student from the responsibilities associated with communications sent to the student's official email address. CSU Global employees, including part-time faculty and staff, may not have their CSU Global email redirected to any other email address.