Federal law protects your right to information privacy and your student’s too. Learn how Wingate University upholds these important regulations.

parents hold a sign supporting their studentThe Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, known as the Buckley Amendment or FERPA, took effect in January 1975. The law regulates the use and disclosure of personal information in educational records. It permits a student to review those records and keep them private. Students must file written consent for their records’ release.

Below is an outline of the rights addressed by FERPA. For more information and a full copy of the law, please contact the Office of the Registrar. The United States Department of Education also maintains FERPA resources.

Student Rights to Inspect and Review

This section allows your student to inspect, review and submit explanation of information in their educational record created at Wingate University. It does not allow students to review:

  • Medical records
  • Parents’ financial records
  • Private records or recommendations kept by individual instructors
  • Records created or kept by law enforcement

Disclosure of Student Information

Learn the circumstances under which Wingate University may release your student’s educational, legal or disciplinary records. This section specifies how your student may request to keep identifying information known as “directory” information private, including:

  • Name, address (including e-mail), telephone listing, and photograph
  • Date and place of birth
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in official activities and sports
  • Height and weight of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • The most recent previous school attended by the student


Wingate University takes FERPA compliance seriously. Anyone who believes the university has failed to comply with FERPA or Department of Education regulations may file a complaint. These should be directed to the United States Department of Education under 34 C.F.R. #99.63 and 99.64.