Student Life

Community Standards

FERPA and Record Disclosures

Disciplinary Holds
At any time after the filing of a complaint, the Office of Community Standards may place a registration hold on the record of any student pending the outcome of proceedings or enforcement of a sanction. A registration hold may prevent, among other things, registration, the release of transcripts, and the awarding of a degree. If you have questions regarding a hold of this nature on your account, please contact the Office of Community Standards

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level.

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*Attention students: To authorize the release of information on your discipline record to third parties (i.e. your parents/guardians, graduate schools, transfer institutions, etc...), please complete and sign the following form - FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE INFORMATION (.pdf formatWord format), identifying the specific information to be released.

Retention of Discipline Records
Community Standards violations and sanctions shall not be made part of the student's permanent academic record, but shall become part of the student's educational record. Student discipline records not relating to expulsion from the University are kept for five years after the conclusion of the semester last attended by the student. Student discipline records relating to expulsion from the University are kept permanently. Case notes shall not be made a part of the student's educational record, and will be destroyed upon the conclusion of the appeal period. Records are maintained by the Office of Community Standards and are generally confidential except in the case of a subpoena, student consent (including background checks), or as provided in the Student Handbook.

In order for the Office of Community Standards to process a Disciplinary Record Disclosure:

1.   Drop off, mail, fax, or scan & e-mail the form(s) to us.  Be sure to sign and date them appropriately. 

           Saint Joseph's University    
           Office of Community Standards
           Campion Student Center, Room 239
           5600 City Avenue
           Philadelphia, PA  19131-1395
           Phone: (610) 660-1046
           Fax: (610) 660-1069

2.   When requesting a release of information, please include detailed information about yourself and your request. Include your full name, student ID #, birthdate, and the best phone number to reach you in case of any questions. Also indicate whether the University should be sending the disclosure once completed, or whether you intend to pick up the disclosure and send it on your own.

3.   Authorize the release of information. If your form does not explicitly authorize Saint Joseph's University to release information, then you will need to also complete and sign this form - FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA) AUTHORIZATION TO RELEASE INFORMATION (.pdf format, Word format). Indicate all parties / institutions for which we need to complete a discipline record disclosure. If you are unsure of whether the form you are completing explicitly authorizes a release of information, fill out the above linked document to be safe.

**Please note: Although every effort is made for a quick turn-around on these forms, completion of a discipline record disclosure may take a few working days to complete, so please plan accordingly. If you have questions about filling out the form or with the process, feel free to contact the Office of Community Standards.