Educational records are kept by University offices to facilitate the educational development of students. Faculty and staff members may also keep informal records relating to their functional responsibilities with individual students.
The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 identifies the rights of students and their families with respect to student educational records kept by institutions. Washington Administrative Code 504-21-010 addresses disclosure of student records.
WSU is committed to maintaining the privacy and confidentiality of the student's Social Security number. The Social Security number is requested at the time of application to the University, but is used in a very limited and controlled manner. The primary student identification number used to conduct University business is the WSU ID, which is assigned at the time of first affiliation with WSU.
The following information provides operational procedures for certain aspects of these FERPA related policies: