Research Involving Marquette Students/Alumni as Subjects
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA), as amended, is a federal law that controls the confidentiality of, and access to, student education records. FERPA regulations may apply to some research involving Marquette students and/or alumni as subjects. Review of research projects for FERPA compliance is conducted by the Office of the Registrar.
More information about FERPA can be found on the Office of the Registrar's website.
A research project seeking to use student/alumni information (including contact information for recruitment) may require additional review by the Office of the Registrar.
If any student record information will be used as part of a research study (including email addresses for recruitment), complete the form below.
- FERPA Addendum - Complete this form and submit to the Office of the Registrar for review
Some student data are considered directory information and may not require prior consent from a subject prior to release. A waiver of consent from the IRB may still be required in these cases. (exceptions only granted at the discretion of the Office of the Registrar).
Researchers should note that the following are never designated as directory information: a student's MUID, social security number, citizenship, gender, race/ethnicity, religious preference, class schedule, grades, and grade point average (GPA), among others. Subjects must sign a consent form to release any of the items listed above non-directory information.
Under FERPA, students are also given the opportunity to file a request to prevent disclosure of their records, including contact information. Marquette University will not release any information on a student, even directory information, if a student has requested a block on their his/her records.
In accordance with FERPA, Marquette University has the authority to determine what information may be accessed from an educational record. If the Office of the Registrar and/or the Office of General Counsel denies an investigator access to information in an educational record, the IRB cannot overrule the decision.
Contact the Office of the Registrar at
(414) 288-4000 or email@example.com with any questions regarding FERPA and research.
**Please note that research projects involving Marquette students as subjects are also subject to IRB Policy 98.102 Participation of Students and Employees in Research.