The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law enacted to establish procedures for disclosing information contained in student records and to protect the privacy of these records. The act applies to currently enrolled students beginning at the point of deposit ("fee paid") and former students, but does not apply to individuals who have applied for admission but never attended Bethel University. Applicants for admission who are denied enrollment or who are accepted but do not make a deposit do not have a right to review their records. Information obtained on a former student subsequent to graduation or termination of enrollment is not covered under the Act (e.g., data accumulated on alumni). All rights under the Act cease when a person dies—the university will decide on an individual basis what records of deceased students can be released and to whom they will be released.

Bethel University will notify students annually of their rights under the act by publishing such information in Bethel E-Announcements. A complete policy is located at:

Currently enrolled and former students have a right to inspect their educational records upon written request. Students must request permission in writing to inspect their records and must present that request to the appropriate office. The records will be made available to the student for inspection within 45 days following submission of the request. A university employee will be present when students inspect their records.