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FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. §1232g, and the Texas Public Information Act, Texas Government Code §552.001 et seq., are respectively a federal and a state law that provide for the review and disclosure of student educational records. In accordance with these laws, individuals are informed of their rights under these laws through the University’s Handbook of Operating Procedures (HOP), Section 5.2.3 and the University catalog which are available on the Internet at http://www.utpa.edu/hop.

Directory Information

At its discretion, the University may release directory information which includes:

  • 1. Name, Address, Telephone Number
  • 2. Date and Place of Birth
  • 3. Major Field of Study
  • 4. Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • 5. Dates of Attendance
  • 6. Most recent previous educational institution attended
  • 7. Classification
  • 8. Degrees, Honors and Awards Received
  • 9. Date of Graduation
  • 10. Physical Factors (height and weight) of athletes
  • 11. Photographs
  • 12. University Email Address

Students may have any or all directory information withheld by notifying the University in writing. Request for nondisclosure will be honored by the University until such time that the student grants permission, in writing, to release the information. A Directory Information Non-Disclosure form is available on the
Internet at http://www.utpa.edu/registrar.