Disciplinary Records and FERPA

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA) is a 1974 federal law also known as the Buckley Amendment. Although FERPA contains exceptions for the release of "directory information" without a student's prior written consent, students have the right to request that even such directory information not be disclosed.

FERPA gives students the right to do the following:

  • Control the disclosure of their education records to others
  • Inspect and review their own education records
  • Challenge the content of their education records

The Office of Community Standards uses a separate Disciplinary FERPA waiver. Please note that the general university FERPA waiver that applies to grades and financial information does not apply to the Community Standards office.

Parental Notification

Disciplinary records are maintained confidentiality in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Only cases in which there has been a finding of responsible for an alcohol or drug violation and if the student is under the age of 21, will parents be notified. The notification will be in the form of a letter from the Office of Community Standards.

Disciplinary records are maintained confidentiality in accordance with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Written authorization through the Disciplinary FERPA Release Form (PDF) must be given by the student in order for the records to be disclosed to another person.

Parents should also visit the Office of Community Standards' Information for Families.

Records Expungement

Students often ask whether or not violations will appear on their record. Disciplinary records are maintained confidentially by Community Standards. Violations of the Code of Student Conduct do not appear on a transcript except in the cases of student suspension or dismissal for non-academic reasons. Further, if a student withdraws from Miami with pending disciplinary action or sanctions, it will be noted on the transcript.

You can find more information about disciplinary records, including requessts to expunge disciplinary records, in Section 2.5 of the Student Code of Conduct