Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, commonly known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that states an educational institution must maintain the confidentiality of education records. Luther Seminary shares the responsibility for ensuring the security and privacy of the records and data maintained. This includes requiring the written student signature for the release of data, including transcripts and verifications of enrollment.

The Office of the Registrar is responsible for administering the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) at Luther Seminary. Annually, Luther Seminary informs students of their rights under FERPA and the regulations relating to FERPA.

FERPA affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights include:

Upon request, Luther Seminary discloses education records without consent to officials of another school in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Luther Seminary to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

Notice Designating Directory Information - FERPA

Directory information contained in seminary records is released upon request at the discretion of Luther Seminary.

Luther Seminary hereby designates the following categories of student information as directory information to be released upon request without student consent, unless we are notified otherwise from the individual student.

Students may refuse disclosure of directory information by informing the Office of the Registrar in writing. A hold on releasing specific information will remain in effect until the student files a specific request to remove it. If a student does not specifically request the withholding of directory information, Luther Seminary assumes that the student approves of the disclosure of such information.

Luther Seminary cooperates with students and judicatories of all denominations in providing appropriate information for their candidacy process.

For students participating in the ELCA candidacy process, information and recommendations pertaining to academic standing and progress through the degree program and candidacy process are shared with synodical staff and candidacy committees as called for by candidacy partnerships.

Each user is legally responsible for all activity originating from his or her account.