Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University
Software Engineering Institute | Carnegie Mellon University

FERPA Compliance

Your Privacy Rights as a Course Participant in SEI Education and Training Courses

Course participant records created at the Software Engineering Institute (SEI) in connection with SEI education and training courses are strictly confidential and 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 are the recipients of 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

Form: Release of Records Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Use the link above to access the form that all course participants are required to complete and sign in order for the SEI to release any information pertaining to their educational records. Granting permission to have educational records released is voluntary, and course participants may change their authorization designation at anytime by contacting the SEI. This form is also available from the SEI's Education and Training department by submitting a request to

This general outline is not intended to be construed as legal advice and only provides a summary of FERPA as it relates to course participants relating to SEI delivered courses. Additional details about FERPA and privacy rights can be found at
LII/Legal Information Institute, U. S. Code Collection, Title 20, Chapter 31, Subchapter III, Part 4, § 1232g. Retrieved May 25, 2006, from the Cornell Law School, LII Legal Information Institute Web Site:

Office of Family Policy Compliance, Family Education Rights and Privacy Act
(FERPA), Retrieved May 25, 2006, from