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.
University 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.
University 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.