Confidentiality of Student Records
Cornell complies with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, and protects the confidentiality of student records and the individual student's right to privacy. A detailed statement of the College's policy with regard to student records is contained in The Compass, the student handbook, which explains the student's right to inspect her or his records and the procedures for doing so.
No information except directory information will be released without the written authorization of the student whose records are requested, to persons other than the student and members of the Cornell faculty and administration, except in compliance with a lawfully issued subpoena or judicial order. Faculty and administrators who have legitimate business requiring them to see a student's academic records may have access without first obtaining the formal consent of the student. Such use of a student's academic records may be for purposes of counseling the student; considering the student for honors, awards, special programs, or financial aid; or compiling statistics.
The College may release directory information as a matter of course without the prior consent of the student. Such information comprises the student's name, local and home addresses and telephone numbers, campus email address, date and place of birth (only if the student is currently enrolled), academic level, enrollment status (full-time/part-time), major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height (if a member of an athletic team), dates of attendance, degrees and awards received, the name of the most recent educational institution previously attended, the student's photograph, and the names and addresses of the student's parents. Students who do not wish the College to release any or all of the above information must notify the Registrar in writing of their preference.
Students may authorize the release of grades to parents or guardians by signing a release form that is filed in the Registrar's Office. The form is available on the Registrar's Office web site. A parent may provide documentation proving their right to the information, i.e., current income tax return which shows the student as a dependent.
For more detailed information, see The Compass under the heading "Confidentiality of Student Records".