Purpose of this policy:  Colorado State University respects the rights of its students and is committed to protecting the privacy of their Education Records. The University complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. §1232g) and regulations (34 C.F.R. Part 99). This policy describes the student’s rights and responsibilities with respect to the privacy of Education Records and the methods by which FERPA privacy requirements are to be observed.

Application of this policy:  This policy applies to the Education Records of Colorado State University students who are enrolled, or who were formerly enrolled, regardless of their age or parental dependency, including records related to the student’s application for admission. At CSU, a student is considered to be enrolled and covered under FERPA on the first day of classes of the student’s first term of enrollment. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend the institution.

It is CSU’s policy that a student’s Personal Identifiable Information (PII) will be disclosed only when (i) required by law; (ii) properly authorized by the student; or (iii) authorized by law and the University determines that the information should be disclosed.  Nothing in this policy supersedes the requirements of FERPA.

Provides extensive information about student rights and responsibilities regarding their education records.

It is important that you become familiar with this entire policy, especially the sections on “Policy Provisions” and “Responsibilities of CSU Faculty and Staff”.  The full policy can be found here: