Dear MSU Students,

Each year, the federal government requires every college and university to notify all students about important campus policies, including information specific to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records. "Education records" includes records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by the university. Certain types of information are not considered "education records" under FERPA.

FERPA affords student certain rights with respect to their education records‚Äč.

1. If the university receives a request to access educational records, students have the right to inspect and review their records within 45 days of the request.

2. If students believe their educational records are inaccurate or misleading, they have the right to request the records be amended. The university must reply to such requests within a reasonable period of time.

3. Students have the right to provide written consent before the university discloses personally identifiable information from their own educational records (excepting information that FERPA allows to be disclosed without their consent).

4. Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

For more FERPA information please visit If you have questions, please contact the Office of the Registrar at 406-994-6650 or [email protected].


Dr. Candice Gresswell (she/her/hers)
Registrar's Office
101 Montana Hall
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