Information contained in a student's file is considered part of their educational record and is protected under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). Information may be released from the file in only three circumstances:
- Court order
- With the student's written permission
- Internally within Dartmouth based on a legitimate educational reason
In other words, SAS will not share a student's documentation or other information with a student's transfer institution, study abroad program, graduate institution, professional school, or any other agency unless the student requests, in writing, that we share this information and specifies exactly what information should be shared. Similarly, SAS does not automatically notify a student's professors once the student has registered for classes; students must make a separate request through our database for each individual course/professor whom they want notified.