Rights & Privacy

As parents and families, you have a vested interest in your student's academic performance, class schedule, academic progress, and conduct at UC San Diego.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), those details cannot always be provided to anyone other than the student to protect the rights of the student. While there are exceptions to keeping this information private, matriculated students at UC San Diego have the right to have their information protected from public disclosure.

What this means for parents and families is that your student information will not be as readily available as it may have been in high school. The information below details FERPA in higher education and what information is kept private versus public information.

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Students are provided the following notification annually detailing their rights under UCSD PPM 160-2 and FERPA:

Notice to Students of Their Privacy Rights under UCSD PPM 160-2 and FERPA

In accordance with the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 and UCSD PPM 160-2, the campus procedures implementing the University of California policies which apply to the Disclosure of Information for student records, matriculated students at the UC San Diego campus have the right to:

  1. Refuse to permit any or all of the categories of personally identifiable information to be designated as directory information with respect to themselves;
  2. Inspect and review the student's own records;
  3. Request correction of the student's own records;
  4. Grieve an alleged violation of privacy rights, as specified in this policy;
  5. Have personally identifiable information contained in student records not be disclosed without a signed and dated written consent that specifically identifies:
    1. The records to be disclosed,
    2. The purpose of the disclosure, and
    3. The party or class to whom disclosures are to be made. Consent is not required for those disclosures authorized by sections VIII and IX of PPM 160-2;
  6. File with the United States Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failures by UC San Diego to comply with the requirements of FERPA;
  7. Be informed where copies of student records policies are located and obtain a copy.

Directory or Public Information

The following has been designated by UC San Diego as directory information: a student's name, e-mail address, telephone numbers, date and place of birth, major fields of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (e.g., paid or unpaid enrollment, undergraduate, full-time, or part-time), number of course units in which enrolled, degrees and honors received, most recent previous educational institution attended, participation in officially recognized activities including intercollegiate athletics, and the name, weight, and height of participants on intercollegiate UC San Diego athletic teams.

Students may designate what directory information may or may not be released by visiting their My TritonLink Page.

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Questions about these rights or any other aspect of student records management by UC San Diego officials may be referred to the University Registrar. The Registrar's Office is located in the Student Services Center, Suite 261, or can be reached by calling (858) 534-3150.

The text of FERPA may be found in the government documents section of the UC San Diego Geisel Library. Copies of the UC San Diego student records policy, PPM 160-2, may be accessed electronically athttp://adminrecords.ucsd.edu/ppm/docs/160-2.html.