Lakewood University

Confidentiality & Privacy

Students Records & Privacy Policy

The Ohio Board of Career Colleges and Schools requires colleges to maintain student records for a period of five (5) years after final enrollment, with exception of the student’s permanent transcript, which is maintained indefinitely.

Lakewood University’s policy regarding confidentiality complies with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which affords student certain rights with respect to their education records, a summary of which follows:

Students have the following rights in regards to their academic records:
  •  The right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days from the day Lakewood University receives a request for access.
  •  The right to request the amendment of their education records that they believe are inaccurate.
  •  The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in their education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

**One exception which permits disclosure without consent is disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. School officials are individuals or entities working for or on the behalf of the educational institution. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility. In compliance with FERPA guidelines, Lakewood University may disclose education records without consent to officials of another school, upon request, in which a student seeks or intends to enroll.

  •  The right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education concerning alleged failure by Lakewood University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

At its discretion, Lakewood University may provide Directory Information in accordance with the provisions of the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act. Directory Information is defined as that information which would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. Students may withhold Directory Information by notifying the Registrar in writing; please note that such withholding requests are binding for all information to all parties other than for those exceptions allowed under the Act.

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