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Student Privacy / FERPA

University of Pacific complies with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (abbreviated FERPA and formerly known as the Buckley Amendment). FERPA provides students and residents with certain rights with respect to their education records. The most updated version of University policy on disclosure of student records and FERPA can always be found in Academic Catalogs (see here).

Two FERPA related processes you may elect to notify the University of relate to:

Request for Non-Release of Directory Information

The items listed below are designated as directory information and may be released for any purpose at the discretion of the University. Under the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, you have the right to withhold the disclosure of directory information.

 Directory Information

1. Student’s Name

2. University ID Number

3. Mailing and local address

4. Telephone number

5. E-mail address

6. Photograph

7. Date and place of birth

8. Degrees, honors, and awards

9. Major field of study

10. Grade level

11. Dates of attendance, including matriculation and graduation

12. Enrollment status (undergraduate, pre-doctoral, graduate, full-, part-time)

13. Most recent educational agency or institution attended

14. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

15. Weight and height of members of athletic teams

Restricting release of your directory information could have negative consequences. Your names will not appear in the commencement bulletin and other university publications. Also, employers, credit card companies, private loan agencies, scholarship committees and all other external organizations will be told: "I'm sorry, but we have no information regarding that person."

The University will honor your request to withhold directory information, but does not assume responsibility to contact you for subsequent permission to release this type of information. Regardless of the effect on you, the University assumes no liability for honoring your request that directory information be withheld.

The Non-Release of Directory Information Form can be accessed on the Forms page of the Office of the Registrar website (see here). There are two options for submitting this form:

  1. Submit a notarized copy of the completed form by email or mail to the Office of the Registrar.
  2. Email the Office of the Registrar requesting to schedule a video conference appointment, noting you are seeking to complete a Request for Non-Release Directory Information.
    1. Important note: Appointments are for one individual student only; guests/family may not attend the appointment.
  3. Please bring to the appointment your Pacific student identification card as you will be asked to show it to staff during the appointment. For an incoming student that has not been issued a Pacific student identification card yet, please bring your state driver’s license or a valid passport.

See our Contact Us page for email/mail information for our Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton campuses.

Records Release Authorization

FERPA provides that an educational institution may not release confidential information about a student without the consent of the student. If you wish to waive the academic portion of this right, please complete a Records Release Authorization using the following steps:

  1. Email the Office of the Registrar to schedule a video conference appointment, noting you are seeking to complete a Records Release Authorization. See our Contact Us page for email/mail information for our Sacramento, San Francisco, and Stockton campuses.
    1. Important note: Appointments are for one individual student only; guests/family may not attend the appointment.
  2. Please bring to the appointment your Pacific student identification card as you will be asked to show it to staff during the appointment. For an incoming student that has not been issued a Pacific student identification card yet, please bring your state driver’s license or a valid passport.
  3. Staff will ask you for the following information:
    1. Name of person you authorize to receive confidential academic information.
    2. Specific academic information which can be released to this person (list). Information not listed on record will not be released.
    3. State the reason for release of such information.
    4. Is this a one-time only request or valid from the time signed until the end of the term.
  4. Upon completion, staff will record your release in your student record noting the date of the virtual appointment.