Welcome to the University of the Southwest FERPA Tutorial.

Nationally, there is growing concern from incoming and continuing students about the privacy of their personal information. Students are keenly aware of the data collection and information exchange that occurs at institutions of higher learning. Transmission of personal data to vast numbers of recipients can occur easily and be produced on both printed and electronic media.

The federal government understands the need of students to have some control over the disclosure of information from their education record.  Under the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA), students may limit disclosures, except in situations where release is required under the law.

The University of the Southwest considers the security and privacy of student records an important priority.  The purpose of this information is to increase the awareness of FERPA requirements to protect University data.

The information from this tutorial is being used with permission from the Office of the Registrar at the University of South Florida, developer of the content,  http://www.registrar.usf.edu/FERPA.

If you would like a hard copy of USW’s FERPA information please contact, the Office of the Registrar located in the J. L. Burke Administration Building at:

        University of the Southwest        

        6610 North Lovington Hwy.       
        Hobbs, NM 88240       
        (575) 492-2149

        Office Hours: M-F 8am-5pm (MST)