Step 14: Learn About Your Rights And Responsibilities

The Family Educational Right and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

  • Privacy of Records:
    Under federal law, students' records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records and more) cannot be disclosed to any third party, even parents, without the written authorization of the student (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, go to the Loading... page.
  • Student Consent to Release Information:
    Students who wish to allow a third-party (parents, siblings, etc.) to view their education records must submit a form authorizing the access. Access can be granted to academic records, tuition and billing records, and/or financial aid records. Go to the student consent page for instructions on how to submit the form.
  • What if I don't submit the Student Consent to Release Information form?
    If you do not authorize your parents to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information to them. This means that your parents will not be able to call USF to find out information about your financial aid or balance even if they are helping you pay your tuition.
  • The Fogcutter Student Handbook:
    The Fogcutter Student Handbook contains standards of conduct and other important University Policies and Procedures that have been established to guarantee each student's freedom to learn, to protect the fundamental rights of the campus community and to assist the University achieve its objectives as a Catholic, Jesuit University. Every student at USF is responsible for knowing and upholding the behavioral expectations set forth by the Student Conduct Code and University policies. The Handbook also includes information about the resources, programs and services designed to promote students' academic and developmental success. In efforts to reduce our environmental footprint and increase efficiency of communication, this important and invaluable resource is available online only and can be found at usfca.edu/fogcutter. If you need alternative versions of the Fogcutter Student Handbook, please contact the Student Disability Services office ((415) 422-2613, (415) 422-5834 for TDD).
  • Title IX:
    The University of San Francisco is committed to providing an environment free from gender-based discrimination or harassment. As such, USF does not tolerate any kind of gender-based discrimination or harassment, which includes sexual assault, sexual harassment, and gender-based harassment. For more information on our policies, please visit: myusf.usfca.edu/title-ix.

Deadline: You should know your rights and responsibilities before you arrive on campus.