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Confidentiality and Privacy Policies

Student Confidentiality

The Art of Education University complies with The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading information through informal and formal hearings.

FERPA Notification

AOEU maintains various records concerning students to document their academic progress and interactions with other university staff. 

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords eligible students certain rights concerning their education records. These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days after the day AOEU receives a request for access. Due to the online and remote nature of the institution, the vast majority of a student’s records can be located within the student’s AOEU account on The Art of Education University website. Those participating in a course will also have full access to all instructor comments and notes through the progression of their course, through AOEU’s learning management platform. Students seeking additional information, outside of the scope listed above should submit a written request to the Office of the Registrar, identifying the specific records(s) the student wishes to inspect. 
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records the student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise a violation of the student’s privacy rights under FERPA. Students requesting an educational record amendment need to contact the Office of the Registrar, clearly identifying the part of the record the student wants to be changed and specify why it should be changed. If The Art of Education University decides not to amend the record as requested, AOEU will notify the student in writing of the decision and the student’s right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment. Additional information regarding the hearing procedures will be provided to the student when notified of the right to a hearing.
  3. The right to provide written consent before AOEU discloses personally identifiable information (PII) from the student’s education records, except to the extent FERPA authorizes disclosures without consent. The Art of Education University discloses education records without a student’s prior written consent under the FERPA exception for disclosure to school officials with legitimate educational interests. A university official is typically a person employed by AOEU in an administrative, supervisory, academic, research, or support position (including law enforcement personnel); a person serving on the board of trustees; or a student serving as an official volunteer or contractor outside of AOEU who performs an institutional service or function for which the school would otherwise use its own employees and who is under the direct control of the institution with respect to the use and maintenance of PII from education records, such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent or a student volunteering to assist another university official in performing his or her tasks. A university official typically has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for AOEU.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by AOEU to comply with the requirements of FERPA. The name and address of the office that administers FERPA is:
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue, SW
    Washington, DC 20202

Academic Records

Except in circumstances permitted by law, The Art of Education University will not disclose a student’s educational record without obtaining the student’s prior written consent.

Students may inspect and review their own records pertaining to admissions and academic standing.

The Art of Education University depends on the accuracy of the records submitted by its students. False information on an application or an act to intentionally mislead or misinform a faculty member or administrator will be grounds for disciplinary action, including dismissal.

Students seeking access or amendment to educational records should contact the registrar at registrar@theartofeducation.edu or 515.236.5094.

Directory Information

The Art of Education University has designated the following as directory information:



Telephone listing

Email address


Degree program

Anticipated completion date

Participation in officially recognized activities


Honors and awards received

Dates of attendance / enrollment status

Such information is generally available for public release, including photographic, video, or electronic images. If students do not want this information released, they should file a request for confidentiality with the Office of the Registrar to registrar@theartofeducation.edu within 30 days of enrollment or by October 1 of each year for non-new students. The University cannot assume any responsibility to contact the student for any subsequent permission to release information and will assume no liability for honoring the student’s request to restrict disclosure of any directory information. The University reserves the right to exercise its discretion under FERPA to limit the disclosure of directory information to specific parties, for specific purposes, or both.  Even though a student may have filed a request for confidentiality, the university has the right to share the student’s information, without the student’s authorization, with university officials who have a legitimate educational interest, in response to a judicial order or legally issued subpoena, or when there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals.

If you have specific questions or concerns not addressed here,  contact help@theartofeducation.edu for clarification.