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  • Am I a SPIRE for Staff user? You are a ‘SPIRE for Staff’ user if you attended SPIRE training for and your current ‘for staff’ profile includes access to at least one of the following: SPIRE Lite or Super Lite (Limited Academic Records) SPIRE A (Academic Records) SPIRE B (Enrollment...
  • About Clearing Cache "Clearing cache" means deleting what's stored in the browser's memory, including files, cookies, and browsing history. Clear your browser's cache periodically for security reasons and to improve the performance of SPIRE. Be sure to clear your browser cache after...
  • What is FERPA FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act) does two things: 1) allows current and former students access to their own educational records and 2) ensures the privacy of their records. All University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the...
  • The Waiver applies only to financial and housing information The Waiver does not cover your academic record (e.g., grades, credits, etc.). When you activate your Waiver in SPIRE, you select the type of information (financial and/or housing) your designees can request from the University. Only...
  • 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...
  • Use the FERPA Privacy Waiver to: Make relevant portions of your student record available to a few individual designees. Assign up to four designees, enabling them to contact the participating University offices on your behalf. Indicate the type of information each designee can request...