Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Release of Information
Due to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), Montana State University cannot release specific information about students without a written release addressed to the relevant office. For example, the Dean of Students office cannot release information if a release is signed for the Financial Aid office. While this can be frustrating, these stipulations are put into place to protect students' information and privacy.
An umbrella release is not possible. For example, you cannot submit a DOS Release Form giving permission to "All Departments", or "Montana State University". You must fill out a release for every relevant office.