FERPA (the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law protecting the confidentiality of student records. In compliance with FERPA, the University of Massachusetts Amherst must have students’ written permission in order to release information from their records to any third party, including their parents, spouse or employer. Use this Waiver to provide "written" permission electronically to allow a few selected designees access to relevant portions of your student record.
Your parents or others may need access to your financial or housing information to help resolve problems.
Use this Waiver if your parents, guardian, or spouse need to communicate with the University about financing your education or securing housing. This Waiver allows you to designate a few individuals who can contact the University on your behalf.
You can edit or cancel your designees at any time.
Use SPIRE to add up to four designees, who may contact one of the participating offices (Financial Aid Services/Office of the Bursar or Housing Services) on your behalf. SPIRE gives you 24-hour access to editing or canceling your designees.
The Waiver does not apply to your academic record. Under this Waiver, University staff cannot discuss academic information (e.g., your grades) with your designees.
The Waiver does not apply to your directory information. Directory information is considered public information and may be disclosed without your consent (unless you choose to keep it private).
Note: The Waiver covers Financial Aid/Office of the Bursar and Housing Services only, and does not apply to your academic record (e.g., your grades) or your directory information.
Note: Your Waiver remains in effect two semesters after you leave the University unless you remove your designees.