3.1: Academic Records and Privacy of Student Information

The notations used on official University transcripts are pass (+), incomplete (I), continuing (N), exempt (EX) and grade not reported (GNR). Note: Beginning in Clerkship Period 1, 2010, all students taking required clerkships will be evaluated using the CBEI model and will be eligible for a Pass With Distinction (PWD) notation on the MSPE (the PWD notation applies only to required clerkships;  it does not apply to elective clerkships or pre-clerkship courses). PWD will be noted in the MSPE for students who entered clerkships Period 1, 2010 or later. For students who entered clerkships prior to Period 1, 2010, the PWD notation will be assigned for formative evaluation purposes only and will not appear in their MSPE’s. Also noted is the passage of Steps 1 and 2 CK of the United States Medical Licensing Examinations (USMLE). Students may order transcripts through Axess.

Education Records
The School of Medicine Registrar’s Office establishes a file for each student to collect data and to provide assistance to Advising Deans in counseling and in preparing the Medical Student Performance Evaluation (MSPE). The file contains confidential information, which is available to the following parties with legitimate educational interests without prior permission from the student:

  1. Dean of the School of Medicine, Senior Associate Dean for Medical Student Education, Associate and Assistant Deans for Medical Education, Associate and Assistant Deans for Advising;
  2. Committee on Performance, Professionalism and Promotion, whenever the Committee is reviewing a student’s performance;
  3. Chair of the Clerkship Evaluation Committee
  4. Chair of the Committee on Admissions;
  5. Executive Committee of the Faculty Senate when asked by the Dean of the School of Medicine or the Committee on Performance, Professionalism and Promotion to review a case;
  6. A duly appointed grievance or grievance appeal officer, or a duly appointed ad hoc committee on the Suitability for the Practice of Medicine;
  7. Other university officials on a need-to-know basis;
  8. Staff of the Office of Student Services; and
  9. Others as permitted or required by law or by University policy.

Privacy of Student Records

Notification of Rights Under FERPA
The following is quoted from the Stanford Bulletin.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are:

1. The right to inspect and review the student's education records within 45 days of the date the University receives a request for access.

    The student should submit to the Registrar, Dean, chair of the department, or other appropriate University official, a written request that identifies the record(s) the student wishes to inspect. The University official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where the records may be inspected. If the records are not maintained by the University official to whom the request was submitted, that official shall advise the student of the correct official to whom the request should be addressed.

2. The right to request the amendment of the student's education records that the student believes are inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights under FERPA.

A student may ask the University to amend the record that he or she believes is inaccurate or misleading. The student should write the University official responsible for the record (with a copy to the University Registrar), clearly identify the part of the records he or she wants changed, and specify why it should be changed.

If the University decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, the University will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

Additional information regarding the hearing procedures is provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.

3. The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

    FERPA contains various exceptions to the general rule that the University should not disclose education records without seeking the prior written consent of the student. The following circumstances are representative of those in which education records (and information drawn from education records) may be disclosed without the student's prior written consent:

      • Upon request, the University may release Directory Information (see Directory Information below).
      • School officials who have a legitimate educational interest in a student's education record may be permitted to review it. A school official is: a person employed by the University in an administrative, supervisory, academic or research, or support staff position (including law enforcement unit personnel and health staff); a person or company with whom the University has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; or a student or volunteer serving on an official committee or representing a recognized student group, such as a disciplinary or grievance committee, or assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her responsibility to Stanford or to the student.
      • The University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll, upon request of officials at that other school.
      • The University may choose to disclose education records (and information drawn from education records) to either supporting parent(s) or guardian(s) where the student is claimed as a dependent under the Internal Revenue Code.
      • The University may inform persons including either parent(s) or guardian(s) when disclosure of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other persons.
      • For students under the age of 21, the University may notify either parent(s) or guardian(s) of a violation of any law or policy relating to the use of alcohol or controlled substances.
      • The University must provide records in response to lawfully issued subpoenas, or as otherwise compelled by legal process.

4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the University 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 Avenue, SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.

Procedures for Inspecting Records and Correcting Inaccuracies or Misleading Information

Students wishing to inspect and review their transcripts and academic files should consult with any of the Advising Deans. If a student believes any information in the file is inaccurate or misleading (other than the evaluation of performance in clerkships), he or she should consult with the person who provided the information. If the matter remains unresolved, the student should contact any of the Advising Deans. If the matter still cannot be resolved, the student may consult the Associate Dean for Medical Student Life Advising or the University Ombudsperson, or may pursue paths as set forth in the Privacy of Student Records section of the Stanford Bulletin.

Directory Information

The University regards the following items of information as "directory information," that is, information that the University may make available to any person upon specific request (and without student consent):

  • Name*
  • Date of birth
  • Place of birth
  • Directory addresses and telephone numbers
  • E-mail addresses
  • SUNet ID (as opposed to Stanford Student ID Number)*
  • Mailing addresses
  • Campus office address (for graduate students)
  • Secondary or permanent mailing addresses
  • Residence assignment and room or apartment number
  • Specific quarters or semesters of registration at Stanford
  • Stanford degree(s) awarded and date(s)
  • Major(s), minor(s), and field(s)
  • University degree honors
  • Student theses and dissertations*
  • Participation in officially recognized sports or activities*
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams*
  • Institution attended immediately prior to Stanford
  • ID card photographs

For more information, see Stanford's FERPA website at http://registrar.stanford.edu/students/pers_info/student_record_privacy.htm

Students may prohibit the release of many of the items listed above (except those with an ‘*’) by designating which items should not be released on the Privacy function of Axess. Students may prohibit the release all directory information listed above after an appointment with the Office of the University Registrar to discuss the ramifications of this action.  Student theses and dissertations can be restricted through the publishing options and embargo settings students select during submission.

Students, faculty, and others with questions regarding student records should contact the Office of the University Registrar.

Consent to Use of Photographic Images
Registration as a student and attendance at or participation in classes and other campus and University activities constitutes an agreement by the student to the University's use and distribution (both now and in the future) of the student's image or voice in photographs, video or audio capture, or electronic reproductions of such classes and other campus and University activities.

If any student in a class where such photographing or recording is to take place does not wish to have his or her image or voice so used, the student should raise the matter in advance with the instructor.

updated August 2013

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