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Student Privacy / FERPA

The 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. These rights are defined below. A student or resident's FERPA rights begin when the student or resident registers and attends his/her first class. Students or residents who originally sought admission to one program of study at the university and are denied, but subsequently are admitted and enrolled in a different program of study, have FERPA rights only in their admitted/enrolled program of study.

  • Students and residents at Pacific have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day a request for access is received. Students and residents should submit a written request stating their desire to inspect their education records to the Assistant Dean of Academic Affairs, Office of the Registrar or to the head of the academic school/department where the records to be inspected are stored. The request should clearly identify the specific record(s) the student or resident wishes to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access to the education records requested and notify the student or resident of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student or resident of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

  • Students and residents at Pacific have the right to request amendment of their education record if the student or resident believes the record is inaccurate with respect to fact. Students and residents must submit such requests in writing to the University official responsible for the record. The request must clearly identify the part of the record the student or resident wishes to change, and specify why the student or resident feels the record is inaccurate. If the University decides not to amend the record as requested, the University will notify the student or resident of the decision and advise him/her of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student or resident when notified of the right to a hearing.

  • Students and residents at Pacific have the right to prevent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure with student or resident consent ("directory information").

    One exception, which permits disclosure without consent, is disclosure to University officials with legitimate educational interests. At Pacific, "University official" is defined as (1) a person employed by the University or in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); (2) a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); (3) a person serving on the Board of Regents; (4) a student serving on an official University committee (academic, grievance, or disciplinary) or assisting another University official in performing his or her tasks.

    A University official has a "legitimate educational interest" if the official needs to review a student's or resident's education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.

  • Students and residents at the University have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University of to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:

    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202-4605

Directory Information

The University of the Pacific has designated as "directory information" the items listed below. In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the University has the right to release this information without the student's or resident's prior written consent. If a student or resident wishes to block the release of this information ('opt out'), he/she must submit a Request for Non-Release of Directory Information Form.

Note : Restricting public access to 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."

Stockton Campus

Dugoni School of Dentistry

McGeorge School of Law

  • 3 weeks after 1st day of the semester in which student attends
  • August 1st
  • 45 days after registration (1st Year) or Last day to register (continuing)
  • Office of the Registrar
  • Office of Academic Affairs
  • Office of the Registrar


Directory Information may be given out without your Permission

  • Student's name
  • University ID number
  • Mailing, local, and permanent address
  • Telephone number
  • E-mail address
  • Photograph/Video
  • Date and place of birth
  • Degrees, honors, and awards
  • Major field of study
  • Grade level
  • Dates of attendance, including matriculation and graduation
  • Enrollment status (undergraduate, predoctoral ,graduate, full, part-time)
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams