Office of the Registrar

Rights as a Student and FERPA Guidelines for Staff


Security, Privacy, Responsibility & Your Right to Know

The following provides important information for all undergraduate and graduate students at UMass Boston. It covers the following topics as required by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA):

Access to Your University Records

A federal law called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 establishes the following regulations governing access to every student's UMass Boston records.

Your Right to Restrict or Grant Access

You have the right, as noted in paragraph 5 above, to withhold access to your directory information from any third party. To authorize such restrictions, you should fill out a privacy request form and submit it to the One Stop, Upper Level, Campus Center.  Once you have done so, a privacy flag which looks like a blue window shade will be added to your record in WISER and no information can be released without your written consent.

If you wish to grant permanent access to a third party to your WISER academic record you must complete and submit a Release of Information Form. Once access is granted it will remain in place until we receive a written request from you to remove it. Additionally you can grant a third party electronic access to your WISER record via self-service. For more information see: “Add additional user” help page.

If you wish to grant permanent access to a third party to your WISER academic record you must complete and submit a Release of Information Form. This form can be downloaded here. Once access is granted in will remain in place until we receive a written request from you to remove it.

Your Student Identification Number

On admission to UMass Boston, as noted in paragraph 6 above, the University assigns you a student identification number.  That is the number which appears on your student ID card. Student ID cards are available from the Student ID office (Campus Center 3rd floor East Side).

Financial Aid

The Office of Financial Aid Services and the Student Financial Aid Handbook can provide a wide range of information:

The handbook also includes a list of individuals to contact for information about study abroad programs that will allow you to apply for UMass Boston financial aid. The Office of Financial Aid Services can be contacted at 617.287.6300.

Campus Security

Under federal law, the Campus Crime Security Act requires colleges and universities to publish certain public safety policies and procedures, as well as the statistics recording the incidence of certain crimes on the campus.

This information can be found in the UMass Boston Student Handbook (available from the Office of the Dean of Student Affairs) or from Public Safety.

You may also call the University's Department of Public Safety at 617.287.7799 with any questions or concerns in this area.

Institutional Information

Information about refund policies, return of Title IV assistance, and other requirements for officially withdrawing from UMass Boston is available in the UMass Boston undergraduate catalog and graduate bulletin. These publications also contain information about the case of attendance; detailed descriptions of academic programs, courses, and university facilities; faculty listings; accreditation and licensure information; and special resources and services for students with disabilities. You may request an undergraduate catalog or graduate bulletin by contacting Enrollment Information Services at 617.287.6000.

Athletic Participation

Information on the number of individuals, by gender, who participated on at least one varsity team is available each year after October 15 from the Department of Athletics at 617.287.7807.

Graduation Rates

You may request information on UMass Boston's graduation or completion rates by contacting the Office of Institutional Research at 617.287.5420.

FERPA Guidelines for Staff and Faculty

Download PDF: Guide to FERPA Information Security for Faculty and Staff