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FERPA – Directory Information
The University of Maine System has designated certain information contained in the education records of its students as directory information for purposes of FERPA. Such directory information may be publicly shared by the University unless the student has taken formal action to restrict its release.
Directory information includes:
Date of Birth
Program of Study
Dates of Attendance
Degrees and Awards received (including dates)
Most recent previous educational institution attended
Participation in sports and activities
Enrollment status (full/part-time)
Appropriate personal athletic statistical data
Students have three choices pertaining to the release of directory information:
Do not release any directory information
Release all directory information
Release all directory information except address (including email address)
Students who do not consent…
What does it mean when a student has selected “Do not release any directory information?”
No employee at the institution can acknowledge a student’s existence at the university without written permission for each request stating the exact circumstance and person(s) with whom to share the directory information.
Directory information requested by insurance and loan companies will not be provided without written permission.
A student’s existence will not be acknowledged for verification of degree or degree earned which may be requested for employment.
Students will have their names withheld for distribution to any publication or newspaper which may affect announcements of recognition to local community news outlets.
Dos and Don’ts for Faculty and Staff
Check for a FERPA Indicator and for the Student Information Release in MaineStreet before discussing a student’s record or releasing any information about the student.
Keep only those individual student records necessary for the fulfillment of your teaching and advising responsibilities. Private notes of a faculty member concerning a student and intended for the faculty member’s own use are not part of the student’s education records.
Keep any personal professional records relating to individual students separate from their educational records. Private records of instructional, supervisory, and administrative personnel and ancillary educational personnel are to be kept in the sole possession of the maker and are not to be accessible or revealed to any other person, except a substitute.
Change factual information regarding grades and performance in an education record when the student is able to provide valid documentation that information is inaccurate or misleading. The substantive judgment of a faculty member about a student’s work, expressed in grades and/or evaluations, is not within the purview of students’ right to challenge their education records.
Contact the Office of Student Records for guidance and when in doubt, err on the side of caution.
Post students’ grades using any part of their social security number or MaineStreet ID. Please contact Test Scoring Services for instructions on creating a unique identification number for the purpose of posting students’ grades.
Leave papers, graded exams books, or lab reports containing student names and grades in publicly accessible places. Students are not to have access to the scores and grades of others in their class.
Request information from the education record custodian without a legitimate educational interest and the appropriate authority to do so.
Share education record information, including grades or grade point averages, with other faculty or staff members of the University unless their official responsibilities identify their “legitimate educational interest” in that information for that student.
Release GPA information for any reason i.e. Academic Reference. This information is not Directory Information and cannot be released to anyone without a signed Student Authorization for Academic Reference form.