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Letter of Recommendation Request

The federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 affords students the right to control the release of information from their education records. FERPA requires the University to collect the student's written consent before disclosing any information from the student's education record to any third party.

Students requesting references for employment or other purposes from faculty and/or staff must make this request in writing so that proper consent can be collected. If written consent is not received, faculty and staff are limited to providing only directory information and personal observances of the student.

Students may also waive their right to review the letter of recommendation. The waiver is permanent and may not be withdrawn.

The Request for Letter of Recommendation form should be completed and delivered in person, faxed, mailed or emailed as an attachment from the student's email address to the faculty or staff member providing the recommendation. A separate form should be completed for each request.