University Academy is committed to providing appropriate educational
services for all handicapped and/or exceptional children in compliance
with HB 474, PL 94-142, and Section 504 of PL 93-380.
Academy is an equal opportunity institution and there shall be no
discrimination against employees or students on the basis of sex, race,
religion, color, national origin, handicap or age.
Academy maintains a policy of nondiscrimination which prohibits
harassment on the basis of race or gender. The school complies with
Title IX legislation.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy
Act (FERPA) gives parents, and students over 18 years of age, certain
rights concerning a student's school records. They have the right to:
- Look at and review the student's school records within 45 days of
the day they make a request. A written request should be given to the
registrar that identifies the record(s) they wish to look at. The
registrar will tell them within 45 days the time and place where the
records may be seen.
- Ask for a change to the student's school record that they think is
not correct or is misleading. A letter to the school principal should
explain why the record is not correct and clearly identify what part of
the record needs to be changed. If the school does not change the
record, parents (or eligible students) have the right to a hearing.
- Approve the release of identifiable information contained in the
student's school records, except for information that FERPA can release
without having permission. One permitted exception is for the release of
information to "school officials" with legitimate educational
interests. A school official is a person employed by the school district
as an administrator, supervisor, instructor, or support staff member
(including health or medical staff and law enforcement unit personnel); a
person serving on the Board of Education; a person or company with whom
the school district has contracted to perform a special task (such as
an attorney, auditor, medical consultant, or therapist); or a parent or
student serving on an official committee, such as a disciplinary or
grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing
his or her tasks. School officials have legitimate educational interests
if they need to examine a school record in order to complete a task.
- File a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education about
suspected failures by the school district to comply with the
requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that
administers FERPA is:
Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave., SW
Washington, D.C. 20202-5920
FERPA also requires that University Academy, with certain exceptions,
obtain written consent from parents, or students who have reached the
age of 18, prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable
information from education records.
However, UA may disclose
appropriately designated "directory information" without written
consent, unless you have advised UA to the contrary in accordance with
district procedures. The primary purpose of directory information is to
allow the school district to include this type of information in certain
school publications. Examples include:
- A playbill, showing a student's role in a drama production
- The yearbook
- Honor roll or other recognition lists
- Graduation programs
- Sports activity sheets, such as for wrestling, showing weight and height of team members
Directory information, which is information that is generally not
considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released, can also be
disclosed to outside organizations without prior written consent.