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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act(FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.         

Bethesda University permits enrolled students visual access to previous educational records such as high school transcripts, college transcripts, SAT score reports and transcript of work completed at Bethesda University. This policy complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). To obtain transcript copies of work completed at Bethesda University, all financial obligations to the University must be paid in full.  An appointment with Academics Office is recommended.  


Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. The University is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies..


No other information contained in the student’s permanent educational record is released to others, including parents or spouse, without the written consent of the student, unless the student is claimed as a dependent. The only exceptions are staff members, administrative officers and faculty who have a legitimate professional right to the information. Bethesda University reserves the right to contract a student’s parent(s) or guardian(s) when a situation is deemed extreme, endangering the student or Bethesda University community.


Bethesda University considers the following to be “Directory Information” and may disclose such information to third parties without consent of the student unless the student has directed the University (in writing) not to release such information about him/her self: name, gender, enrollment status, permanent address, dates of enrollment, classification, degree programs, majors, date of graduation (anticipated or actual) from Bethesda University, telephone number and financial information.

A student’s academic record and placement file will be kept confidential by the Office of Academics.



i. In cases authorized by the student.

ii. In case of legal compulsion.  

iii. In a situation where the safety of person or property is involved.




General questions and comments may be directed to the Office of Academics at 714-683-1212

Filing a Complaint

Family Policy Compliance Office:

U.S. Department of Education

 400 Maryland Avenue, SW

Washington, D.C. 20202-8520  

Notification of Student Rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy

(FERPAand Directory Information Public Notice)

 FERPA and Directory Information Public Notice



General Student Consent of Release of Educational Records

Consent of Release of Educational Records​



Information Regarding Student Requests to Inspect Educational Records

 Information regarding student requests to inspect educational records