Annual Notice to Students

98-99 University Bulletin:

Annual Notice to Students

Brandeis Graduation Rate

In compliance with federallaw, the University makes available to students and prospectivestudents information concerning the rate at which full-time, first-timedegree seeking students complete requirements for the bachelor'sdegree within six years of entrance. In 1996-97, the graduationrate for students who entered Brandeis in 1991 was 80.5%.

Policies Regarding Educational Records

The Family Educational Rightsand Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respectto their educational records. They are:

(1) The right to inspect andreview the studentís education records within 45 days ofthe day the University receives a request for access.

Students should submit tothe University Registrar, Dean, Department Chair, or other appropriateofficial, written requests that identify the record(s) they wishto inspect. The University official will make arrangements foraccess and notify the student of the time and place where therecords may be inspected. If the records are not maintained bythe University official to whom the request was submitted, thatofficial shall advise the student of the correct official to whomthe request should be addressed.

(2) The right to request theamendment of the studentís education records that the studentbelieves are inaccurate or misleading.

To seek the amendment of arecord believed to be inaccurate or misleading, students shouldwrite the University official responsible for the record, clearlyidentify the part of the record they want changed, and specifywhy it is inaccurate or misleading. If the University decidesnot to amend the record, it will notify the student accordingly,advising of the right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.Additional information regarding hearing procedures will be providedat that time.

(3) The right to consent todisclosures of personally identifiable information contained inthe studentís education records, except to the extent thatFERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Exceptions that permit disclosurewithout consent include but are not limited to: (a) disclosureto parents of students who are claimed as dependents for tax purposes;(b) upon request, disclosure to officials of another school inwhich a student seeks to enroll; such records will be forwardedon request; (c) disclosures in compliance with certain subpoenas;(d) disclosures to university officials with legitimate educationalinterests. An official is a person employed by the Universityin an administrative, supervisory, academic, or support staffposition; a person or company with whom the University has contracted(such as an attorney, the National Student Loan Clearinghouse,or a collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees;or a student serving on an official committee, or assisting anotherschool official in performing his or her tasks. Such an officialhas a legitimate educational interest if information in the educationalrecords is necessary to the maintenance of the academic enterpriseand to the officerís capacity to act responsibly in thestudentís educational interest.

(4) The right to file a complaintwith the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failuresby Brandeis University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.The name and addressed of the office that administers FERPA is:Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education,400 Maryland Avenue, SW., Washington, DC 20202-4605.

Public Notice DesignatingDirectory Information

The University designates thefollowing categories of student information as public "directoryinformation." Such information may be disclosed by the institutionfor any purpose, at its discretion. Information in the studentsection of the Brandeis University Directory is taken from datasupplied by students to the University. In order to assure anup-to-date listing in next yearís Directory, students shouldverify with the Office of the University Registrar within thefirst 15 calendar days after the beginning of the fall semesterthat correct information is on file. Currently enrolled studentsmay withhold disclosure of any category of information under FERPA.Students who withhold category I information will not appear inthe student directory published annually. Undergraduate and graduatestudents who do not wish to have directory information publishedmust file notice in the Office of the University Registrar. Thismust be done within the first 15 calendar days after the beginningof the fall semester. Brandeis University assumes that failureon the part of any student to specifically request the withholdingof public information indicates individual approval for disclosure.

Category I

Name, local addresses (includingelectronic address) and telephone number, home address and telephonenumber, date of birth, full-time/part-time status, class (i.e.,first year, sophomore, etc.).

Category II

Dates of attendance and fieldof concentration at Brandeis, previous institution(s) attendedand major field of study, awards and honors, degree(s) conferredand date(s) conferred.

Category III

Past and present participationin officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors(height, weight of athletes).