Missouri Western is committed to protecting the privacy of student education records. Once students are registered in classes at MWSU they control the release of their information. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) says that a student’s educational records are confidential and will only be shared with school officials who have a legitimate education interest, like academic advisors; in connection with the receipt of financial aid; to federal, state or local education authorities or accrediting agencies; and in health or safety emergencies. MWSU also has established “directory information” which will be released upon a public request.
Students can authorize MWSU to allow access to their academic and/or financial records for anyone they choose – parents, a spouse, family or friend. If a student wants to grant access to their academic records, they must sign Federal Buckley permission forms, which are located in their online orientation module.