OFFICE OF THE REGISTRAR
10501 FGCU Blvd South
McTarnaghan Hall, Room 120
Fort Myers, FL 33965-6565
Phone: (239) 590-7980
Fax: (239) 590-7983
Monday – Friday
From 8:00 AM to 5:00 PM
Attendance: An individual is considered “in attendance” at FGCU upon acceptance as a member of an incoming class or upon acceptance as a non-degree seeking student. Applicants for admissions to the University who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, choose not to attend are not considered to have been “in attendance”. The period of time during which a student is working under a work-study program is considered “in attendance."
Directory Information: Information contained in a student’s education record that would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.
Disclosure: To permit access to or the release, transfer, or other communication of personally identifiable information contained in education records to any party, by any means, including but not limited to oral, written or electronic means.
Education Record: Any personally identifiable records maintained by the University or an agent or representative of the University that are directly related to a student and recorded in any medium, including but not limited to handwriting, electronic, print, computer media, video or audio tapes and disks, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Examples of education records include but not limited to grades, test scores, courses taken, disciplinary records, social security numbers and names of parents.
FERPA expressly excludes certain types of University records relating to a student from the definition of “education records”, and the University’s ability to disclose such records would fall within the parameters of Florida’s Public Records Law, Chapter 119, Florida Statutes, and other state and federal laws.
The following records are not considered education records:
Student: An individual who is or has been in attendance at FGCU and about whom the University maintains education records.
Student Record: Any personally identifiable information or data relating to a student and collected, recorded, or maintained in any medium including but not limited to handwriting, electronic, print, computer media, video or audio tapes and disks, film, microfilm, and microfiche. Student records include education records and other types of records related to students.
Third Party: Any person other than the student. Examples of third parties are parents, legal guardians, spouses, employers, state/federal agencies etc.
University Officials: A University official includes a person employed by the University as a member of the faculty or staff, members of FGCU Board of Trustees, or a person under contract to the University to perform a task such as a consultant, attorney or auditor. Student or community members of University committees also are included in the definition of University officials as are student employees assisting a University official in performing his or her tasks. Inter-institutional disclosure may be made between FGCU and entities that administer or participate in joint programs or activities and that further a legitimate educational interest because such disclosures are considered made to “University officials”.