Annual Notice to Students
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
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:
The right to inspect and review the students'
education records within 45 days of receipt of a request
for access. Students should submit a written request to
the Office of the Registrar.
The right to request amendment of the student's
education records that the student believes is inaccurate
or misleading. Students should submit a written request to
the Office of the Registrar, clearly identifying the part
of the record they want changed, and specify why it is
inaccurate or misleading. The student will be notified of
The right to consent to disclosures of personally
identifiable information contained in the student's
education records, except to the extent that FERPA
authorizes disclosure without consent.
Upon request, Luther Seminary will disclose education
records without consent, when a school official has a
legitimate educational interest to review records in order
to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. A
school official is a person employed by Luther Seminary in
an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or
support staff position; a personal or company with whom
the seminary has contracted (such as an attorney or
auditor); a student serving on an official committee or
assisting another school official in performing his or her
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.
For more information, please visit the FERPA website -