Remember that USFSP is a safe and caring community!

We are all USFSP Bulls and need to do our part in connecting any fellow Bulls in distress to appropriate resources.

Anyone can report a student of concern – so if you are worried about a friend or fellow student and would like the SOCAT Case Manager to reach out to them, simply fill out the SOCAT Student of Concern Referral Form here:

If you are unsure whether or not to submit the form, please call 727-873-4272 and ask to speak to the Case Manager or email socat@usfsp.edu.

Taking Care of Yourself

Keep in mind that there really are limits of what you can and can’t do, and that’s ok.

When dealing with a friend in distress, your own personal safety and well-being are just as important as that of your friend in distress. Therefore, it’s important to recognize the limits of what can be done to help your friend.

What can be helpful:

  • Be genuinely concerned and supportive
  • Be honest about the time and effort you can afford to spend in helping
  • Be aware of personal needs and limitations
  • Maintain and respect healthy boundaries

What isn’t helpful:

  • Trying to control how another person is going to respond
  • Attempting to force another person to change
  • Forcing someone to take action to help themselves

Remember that SOCAT (Students of Concern Assistance Team) can reach beyond your limits – so don’t hesitate to contact SOCAT if you are concerned about a friend or fellow student.

[*adapted from the University of Texas at Austin on 2/15/10]

FEDERAL EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS AND PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by USFSP. USFSP is not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. USFSP may charge a fee for copies.

Parents or eligible students have the right to request that USFSP correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading. If USFSP decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student then has the right to a formal hearing. After the hearing, if  USFSP still decides not to amend the record, the parent or eligible student has the right to place a statement with the record setting forth his or her view about the contested information.

Generally, USFSP must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows USFSP to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions (34 CFR § 99.31):

  • School officials with legitimate educational interest
  • Other schools to which a student is transferring
  • Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes
  • Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student
  • Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school
  • Accrediting organizations
  • To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena
  • Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies
  • State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law

USFSP may disclose, without consent, “directory” information such as a student’s name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, USFSP must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that USFSP not disclose directory information about them. USFSP must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of USFSP.

STUDENT RECORDS POLICY

Pursuant to the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (“FERPA”; 20 USC Par. 1232g), 34 CFR Par. 99.1 et seq, Florida Statutes Sub. Par. 1002.22 and 1006.52 and USF Rule 6C4-2.0021, Florida Administrative Code, students have the right to:

  1. Inspect and review their education records
  2. Privacy in their education records
  3. Challenge the accuracy of their education records
  4. Report violations of FERPA to the FERPA Office, Department of Education, 400 Madison Avenue, SW, Washington, D.C. 20202 and/or bring actions in Florida Circuit Court for violations of Rule 6C4-2.001, Florida Administrative Code.
  5. Copies of the University’s student records policy, USF Rule 6C4-2.0021, may be obtained from the University Registrar at:
    University of South Florida St. Petersburg
    140 7th Avenue South, BAY 102
    St. Petersburg, FL 33701