Frequently Asked Questions
No. The Office of Legal Affairs’ role is to provide legal services to Albany State University and therefore the Office of Legal Affairs does not provide legal advice or representation to individual Albany State University students, faculty or staff for personal matters. If you are interested in finding an attorney to represent you in a personal matter, the Georgia Legal Aid or Georgia Bar Association may be able to assist you.
In accordance with FERPA, Albany State University protects students’ rights to privacy. No one outside of the institution shall have access to, nor will the institution disclose any information from students’ education records, without the written consent of students, except: to authorized personnel within the institution, to officials of other institutions in which students seek to enroll, to persons or organizations providing students financial aid, to accrediting agencies carrying out their accreditation function, to persons in compliance with a judicial order and to persons in an emergency in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. All of these exceptions are permitted under the Act.
ASU is fully committed to ensuring the privacy and protection of personal information of all student, including those enrolled in distance learning program, and does not share personal information gathered from distance education and/or on-campus/residential students. However, in some cases, the University may be compelled by the Open Records law to release information.
Any ASU student or employee traveling to or participating in an ASU sanctioned activity as required for academic purposes, or in fulfillment of their employment obligations will not be required to complete a hold harmless waiver form. For example, those students participating in band and are taking a related course as part of their academic program are not required to complete the form. Additionally, those students participating in a recognized sport and are required to travel in order to fulfill their obligation as a team member will not be required to complete the waiver form.
Individuals, including students/non-students/employees/non-employees, who are traveling for reasons other than to fulfill academic or employment obligations at ASU will need to complete the waiver anytime they are participating in university-sanctioned events or traveling in university vehicles. For example, individuals who voluntarily travel as advisors, chaperones, or participants in extracurricular activities will need to complete the waiver form.