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Confidentiality of Course Records

Course participant records created at the SEI in connection with our education and training courses are strictly confidential.

Their protection is mandated under federal legislation known as the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). FERPA applies to all institutions that receive federal funding from the U.S. Department of Education, which includes Carnegie Mellon University (CMU). Since the SEI is operated and administered by CMU, the SEI is also subject to this regulatory program.

Under FERPA, you have the right to

  • inspect and review your course records
  • request an amendment to your records if you believe that they are inaccurate or misleading
  • request a hearing if your request for an amendment is not resolved to your satisfaction
  • consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information from your records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without your consent
  • file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office if you believe your rights under FERPA have been violated

This general outline is not intended to be construed as legal advice and only provides a summary of FERPA as it relates to participants in courses delivered by the SEI.

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