NYU Abu Dhabi is fully committed to the protection of the privacy of student records. To assist with the guarding of this privacy, the University complies with the United States Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This specifically means that any education records maintained by the University and directly related to students — such as grades, transcripts, and test scores — will not be released to others, including parents or guardians, without the student's consent, except as provided by United States federal regulations.

Education records refers to any record or document containing information directly related to a student (including computerized and electronic files, audio and video tape, photographic images, film, email, etc.) and is not limited to hard-copy documents or to a file with a student's name on it.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by the United States Congress to protect the privacy of students' education records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide students with an opportunity to have information in their records corrected which is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of their rights of privacy. FERPA also permits the disclosure by an institution without a student's prior consent of so-called "directory information" (see definition below), and of other personally identifiable information under certain limited conditions. Students have the right to file complaints with the United States Department of Education's Family Policy Compliance Office concerning alleged failures by an institution to comply with FERPA.

NYU Abu Dhabi and NYU New York have designated the following student information as "directory information:"

Name, dates of attendance, NYU school or college, class, previous institution(s) attended, major field of study, full- or part-time status, degree(s) conferred (including dates), honors and awards (including dean's list), past and present participation in officially recognized activities (including positions held and official statistics related to such participation and performance), email address, and NetID. Important: See notes (1) and (2) below.

  1. Email address and NetID are directory information for internal purposes only and will not be made available to the general public except in specified directories from which students may opt out.
  2. Under United States federal law, address information, telephone listings, and age are also considered directory information for military recruitment purposes. Address refers to "physical mailing address" but not email address.

FERPA governs the release of personally identifiable information to both external and internal parties, including other University employees, parents, and government agents. The NYUAD and NYUNY FERPA Guidelines (accessible as indicated below) describe the circumstances and procedures governing the release of information from a student's education records to such parties.

Disclosure of Personally Identifiable Information

Among other exceptions authorized by FERPA, prior consent of the student is not needed for disclosure of directory information or for disclosure to school officials with a legitimate educational interest in access to the student's educational record. School officials having a legitimate educational interest include any University employee acting within the scope of her or his University employment, and any duly appointed agent or representative of the University acting within the scope of her or his appointment. In addition, the University may, at its sole discretion, forward education records to the officials of another institution (a) in which a student seeks or intends to enroll if that institution requests such records, or (b) if the student is enrolled in or receiving services from that institution while she or he is attending NYUAD or NYUNY. Other exceptions are listed in the NYUAD and NYUNY Guidelines for Compliance with FERPA.