FERPA General Information

FERPA applies to all students attending a postsecondary institution.  At Lock Haven University, an individual is determined to be "a student" upon the first day of their first semester of enrollment at LHU, and thereafter.

Title Description File type
  • Name
  • Local/permanent/university home address, email address/telephone numbers
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities/sports
  • Weight/height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degree and awards received and dates of receipt
  • Academic awards received, including but not limited to Dean's List
  • Most recent previous educational institution attended
  • Academic level
  • Enrollment status (full- or part- time)
  • Classification
  • Receipt or non-receipt of a degree

FERPA for Students and Parents

As Lock Haven University integrates with Bloomsburg and Mansfield University, we will ensure that records are retained in accordance with our Records Management Policy and FERPA guidelines.  Documentation related to transcripts, billing, and financial aid records will be kept in accordance with the timeline set forth in the Records Retention Policy.  If you have questions or concerns about gaining access to your students records, please contact the office listed in the policy as the official repository.   
The FERPA release form is available to students after logging in to myHaven.  Students select the Financial Aid tab.   See "Printable Forms" (Other > Authorization for Release of Information).  The form is submitted to the Financial Aid Office, as indicated on the form.  The Financial Aid Office will distribute to appropriate offices.


FERPA Contact Information

Title Description
Family Policy Compliance Office
US Department of Education
400 Maryland Ave, SW
Washington, DC 20202-5901

LHU FERPA Contact:
Linda Swisher, Registrar
Commonwealth University
Lock Haven University Campus
Lock Haven PA 17745

Student Recruitment Information

Per the Solomon Amendment, institutions of higher education are required to provide “student recruiting information” for all students who are at least seventeen (17) years of age and enrolled for at least one credit hour at their institution to military recruiters.

The Solomon Amendment supercedes FERPA. 

At Lock Haven University, “student recruiting information” includes the following: student’s name, home address, telephone number, LHU email address, birth date, level of education (e.g., freshman, sophomore, etc.), academic major, and campus. Colleges need not provide other information or information it does not collect or maintain.

  • Information released is limited to the current semester or the previous semester. If the request is received between semesters, the requestor must specify previous semester or upcoming semester.
  • Students must be enrolled.
  • If a student requests that their directory information be withheld under FERPA, this protection will be honored under Solomon; the student's records will not be released.

Procedure for Requesting Student Recruiting Information

Information released is limited to military recruiting purposes only. Military Recruiters are required to submit their request in writing, on letterhead that clearly identifies their military recruiting organization.  (Sample of written request to be submitted by military recruiter: Solomon Amendment Request sample.pdf)

This request can be mailed or emailed as an attachment to the Registrar's Office:

     Lock Haven University
     Registrar's Office
     401 North Fairview Street
     Lock Haven, PA 17745


The requested "student recruitment information" will be provided to the military recruiter in an Excel file as an email attachment.