In accordance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. § 1232g,
Current and former students are entitled to a hearing before a designated University official to contest information contained in the student’s education record(s) that the student believes is inaccurate, misleading, or in violation of the student’s privacy rights. Through a FERPA hearing, a student may challenge the content of a record created by UW–Madison. This ability to challenge the content of a record does not supplant any of the other appeals processes already in place at UW–Madison, including, but not limited to, grade appeals, academic misconduct hearings, or nonacademic misconduct hearings.
For example, a FERPA hearing can be used to assert that a grade was not properly recorded, but a FERPA hearing cannot be used to argue that a different grade should have been assigned based upon the quality of work. As a general matter, UW–Madison cannot change the content of records created by outside individuals or entities, even if UW–Madison possesses a copy of such records.
Prior to requesting a hearing, the student should try to resolve the matter informally with the University employee responsible for creating and/or maintaining the record(s). If the matter is not resolved informally, the student may request a hearing pursuant to this policy.