Wednesday, May 5, 2021

Dear UNT Faculty and Staff,

UNT updated its Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) policy, effective April 16, 2021. UNT Policy 07.018 FERPA describes the types of student information that may be released by the university and how student information is managed.

The major changes are as follows:

  1. Directory information has changed. Effective immediately, the following information is directory information: name, address, major field of study, participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height for members of athletic teams, dates of attendance, enrollment status, classification, degrees, awards and honors received, expected graduation date, dissertation and thesis titles, most recent school attended, and photograph.

    PLEASE NOTE that the following items have been removed from UNT Directory information and can no longer be released without the student's written permission:
    • University-assigned email addresses
    • Date of birth
    • EUID
  2. Clarification and more detail on the hearing process for students to challenge their educational records
  3. Designates how a student can select a release to a third party
  4. Addition of a process for student complaints regarding possible FERPA disclosures
  5. Each new employee will have to complete FERPA training within the first 10 days of employment. All employees must complete FERPA training every other year, and more information on this training will be forthcoming. 

Please feel free to contact either one of us if you have questions.


Maureen “Moe” McGuinness, Ed.D.
Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs
Dean of Students

Shari Schwartz
Associate Vice President for Enrollment