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  • At UMass Amherst, directory information is considered public information, and the University may disclose it without the student's consent unless the student chooses to withhold it. Learn more about privacy policies for directories. What is Directory Information? Directory information includes a...
  • In accordance with the federal FERPA law, all University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. Our FERPA Certification process is designed to ensure that you are familiar with the provisions of the law and that you are prepared for the day-...
  • Am I a SPIRE for Staff user? You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following: SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records) SPIRE A (Academic Records) SPIRE B (Enrollment...
  • Privacy Advisors, find out if your advisee has requested extra privacy protection. In SPIRE, navigate to your advisee's Student Center. On the Student Center tab: Look at the upper right corner of the page, after the ID and above the academics tab. If your advisee has requested...
  • The Waiver applies only to financial and housing information The Waiver does not cover your academic record (e.g., grades, credits, etc.). When you activate your Waiver in SPIRE, you select the type of information (financial and/or housing) your designees can request from the University. Only...
  • FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the confidentiality of student records. In compliance with FERPA, the University of Massachusetts Amherst must have students’ written permission in order to release information from their records to any third party...
  • The FERPA Privacy Waiver is limited to two categories of information: financial and housing. This page explains exactly what you are disclosing when selecting these categories on the Add/Edit Designees page in SPIRE. Note: Under this Waiver, University staff cannot discuss academic information (e.g...
  • Use The Instructor's Guide to Information Security to learn more about FERPA (the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) and related security issues that arise in instructional contexts. FERPA is the federal law that protects the confidentiality of student records. Our materials provide a...
  • Use the FERPA Privacy Waiver to: Make relevant portions of your student record available to a few individual designees. Assign up to four designees, enabling them to contact the participating University offices on your behalf. Indicate the type of information each designee can request...