CUA has always fostered an environment of respect and fairness. These basic principles of how we treat others are clearly part of the University’s faith-based foundation. In addition, as an employer and an educational institution, we must adhere to federal laws — FERPA laws and EEOC laws — that mandate we protect confidentiality and treat each other in a civil manner. Given the importance of these two topics, CUA will soon launch online FERPA and harassment prevention training programs.
What is FERPA?
FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) was enacted in 1974. It is a set of regulations that applies to those institutions that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. FERPA was written specifically for students and guarantees them the right to inspect and review their education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of information from those records.
What is the EEOC?
The U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission is responsible for enforcing federal laws that make it illegal to discriminate or harass an employee because of the person’s race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, or genetic information.
Soon, all CUA faculty and staff will be asked to complete both FERPA and harassment prevention training programs online. For everyone’s convenience, the required online programs will be available 24 hours per day and easily accessed from any PC or laptop with Internet connection. Both training sessions can be completed in less than an hour. CUA employees must repeat each training program every two years. Once you complete your training, you will be notified, by e-mail, that you have met the training requirement. The new training programs have been developed through the partnership of the offices of enrollment management, general counsel, and human resources.