When can information be released without student consent?

The law allows disclosure without consent to:

  • School employees who have a legitimate educational interest.
  • Other schools, upon request, in which a student is seeking or intending to enroll, if disclosure is for purposes related to student's enrollment or transfer.
  • Accrediting organizations to carry out their accrediting functions.
  • Organizations doing certain studies for or on behalf of the University.
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student to determine eligibility, amount or conditions of financial aid, or to enforce the terms and conditions of aid.
  • Parents when:
    1. The student is a dependent of the parent for tax purposes as evidenced by appropriate documentation, including the parent's most recent tax return or a student financial aid application.
    2. A health or safety emergency necessitates disclosure to protect the health or safety of the student or another individual.
    3. The student is under 21 years of age at the time of the disclosure and the student has violated a Federal, State or local law or any rule or UNT policy governing the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance and UNT has found the student in violation of the Code of Student's Rights, Responsibilities and Conduct.
  • Certain officials of the U.S. Department of Education, the Comptroller General, the Attorney General of the United States, the U.S. Department of Veteran Affairs, and state and local educational authorities in connection with an audit or evaluation of Federal or state supported education programs, or for the enforcement of or compliance with Federal legal requirements that relate to those programs.
  • Individuals who have obtained a judicial order or subpoena.
  • School officials who have a need to know concerning disciplinary action taken against a student.
  • Appropriate parties who need to know in cases of health and safety emergencies when necessary to protect the health and safety of the student and/or others.
  • State and local authorities, within the juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law.
  • Alleged victim of a crime of violence the results of a disciplinary proceeding with respect to that crime.
  • Those requesting directory information on a student provided the student has not requested his or her information be withheld.
  • Any member of the public in matters relating to sex offenders and information provided to UNT under relevant Federal law.
  • A court in which the university is defending itself against legal action initiated by a parent or eligible student.
  • The originating party identified as the party that provided or created the record.  This allows for returning documents, such as official transcripts, that appear to have been falsified back to the institution or school official identified as the creator or sender of the record for confirmation of its status as an authentic record.
  • Individuals requesting records for students who are deceased.