Close this search box.


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all schools (K-12 and postsecondary institutions) that receive funds under various programs from the US Department of Education. The Act affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. They are as follows:

  1. The right to inspect and review the student’s education records within 45 days of the day FIU receives a request for access. Students should submit to the Registrar or other appropriate official, a written request that identifies the record(s) they wish to inspect. The appropriate FIU official will make arrangements for access and notify the student of the time and place where records may be inspected.
  2. The right to request the amendment of the student’s education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading. Students may ask FIU to amend the record that they believe is inaccurate or misleading. They should write the Registrar, clearly identify the part of the record they want changed, and specify why it is inaccurate or misleading. If FIU decides not to amend the record as requested by the student, FIU will notify the student of the decision and advise the student of his or her right to a hearing regarding the request for amendment.

FERPA protects the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in a student’s educational record. FERPA defines “educational records” as records containing information in any medium—paper, electronic, microfilm, etc.—that directly relate to a student and are maintained by an educational institution or by a party acting for the institution. The information listed below is not considered part of an educational record and thus is not regulated by FERPA. However, the information may be regulated or protected by other federal and state laws.

The following are never designated as directory information: student social security numbers, citizenship, gender, religious preference, grades, and GPA.

Items not considered part of an educational record include:

    1. Records kept in sole possession of the maker that are not accessible or revealed to any other person except as a temporary substitute;
    2. Certain law enforcement records;
    3. Employment records that relate exclusively to the individual as an employee; and
    4. Records that contain only information about an individual after s/he is no longer a student.


Conditions for which student records can be disclosed without consent; generally, schools must have written permission from the student (or parent, if the student is a minor) in order to release any information from a student’s education record. However, FERPA allows schools to disclose educational records without consent under special circumstances.

The US Department of Education’s summary of the FERPA regulations lists the following conditions under which student records can be disclosed without consent:

  1. School officials with legitimate educational interest;
  2. Other schools to which a student is transferring;
  3. Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
  4. Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
  5. Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
  6. Accrediting organizations;
  7. To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
  8. Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies;
  9. State and local authorities within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific state law; and
  10. Directory information

FERPA’s definition of “directory information” is information contained in a student’s education record that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. FERPA permits the following to be designated as directory information: the student’s name, address, and telephone listing; electronic mail address; photograph; date and place of birth; major field of study; dates of attendance; grade level; enrollment status (e.g. undergraduate or graduate, full- or part-time); and the most recent educational institution attended. The following are never designated as directory information: student social security numbers, citizenship, gender, religious preference, grades, and grade point average (GPA).
Under FERPA students are also given the opportunity to file a request to prevent disclosure of directory information (“opting out”). If a student opts out, FIU will not release any information on a student. For Additional Information contact the Office of the Registrar at (253) 752-2020 ext. 132 or

  • 400 students enrolled (approximate)
    • 196
      Undergraduate Students
    • 149 Graduate Students
    • 47 Doctoral Students
    • Eight other classification
  • 14 to 1 student to faculty ratio
  • Interdenominational with over 40 denominations represented including non-denominational


  • Black/African-American – 41%
  • White – 29%
  • Asian – 18%
  • Hispanic – 4%
  • Native Hawaiian/ Pacific Islander – 1%
  • American Indian/ Alaska Native – 1%
  • Undisclosed – 6%


FIU College Retention Rates
*Retention rates for associates and bachelors programs are fall-to-fall based on first-time, full-time status. Graduate programs utilize total enrollment from fall-to-fall.


FIU College Graduation Rates

**The completion and graduation rates for certificates, associate degrees, and bachelor degrees are measured at 150% of the expected time for completion (bachelor degree rate is 6 years from the first enrollment).


FIU College Transfer Out Rates

[Additional reporting requirements or hyperlinks may be placed here]

  • One-click provided as “Student Achievement” on bottom ribbon of the home page of our website:
  • Professional Licensure/Certification: Master of Arts in Education (MAE) program is not intended to lead to educator certification. The Master of Arts in Counseling and Care (MACC) only provides the academic requirements for licensure. Student is responsible to obtain any additional clinicals and/or certifications. FIU does not advertise these programs as leading to licensure within the State of Washington. Disclosures are provided in the Academic Catalog (pp. 32 and 36) and on our website. MAE (Learning Outcomes). MACC (Learning Outcomes).
  • FIU does not directly field employment opportunities for graduating students through a placement office. (Academic Catalog p. 67)


Retention rates measure the percentage of first-time students who are seeking bachelor’s degrees who return to the institution to continue their studies the following fall.


(Graph: Percentage of Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2017 and Returned in Fall 2018)


The overall graduation rate is also known as the “Student Right to Know” or IPEDS graduation rate. It tracks the progress of students who began their studies as full-time, first-time degree- or certificate-seeking students to see if they complete a degree or other award such as a certificate within 150% of “normal time” for completing the program in which they are enrolled.
Some institutions also report a transfer-out rate, which is the percentage of the full-time, first-time students who transferred to another institution.
Note that not all students at the institution are tracked for these rates. Students who have already attended another postsecondary institution, or who began their studies on a part-time basis, are not tracked for this rate. At Faith International University, 50 percent of entering students were counted as “full-time, first-time” in 2018.


(Graph: Percentage of Full-time, First-Time Students Who Graduated or Transferred Out Within 150% of “Normal Time” to Completion for Their Program)

Faith International University has no transfer-out rate to report.


Bachelor’s degree graduation rates measure the percentage of entering students beginning their studies full-time and are planning to get a bachelor’s degree and who complete their degree program within a specified amount of time.


(Graph: Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Graduated in the Specified Amount of Time and Began in Fall 2010 or Fall 2012)


(Graph: Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of “Normal Time” to Completion for Their Program)


(Graph: Percentage of Full-time, First-time Students Who Began Their Studies in Fall 2012 and Received a Degree or Award Within 150% of “Normal Time” to Completion for Their Program)

Faith International University & Seminary is a member of the Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS) [PO Box 328, Forest, VA 24551; Telephone: (434) 525-9539; e-mail:] having been awarded Accredited status as a Category IV institution by the TRACS Accreditation Commission in 2001 and reaffirmed in 2006 and again in 2016. This status is effective for a period of ten years. TRACS is a member accrediting agency (National Faith-Related) of the Council for Higher Education Accreditation (CHEA).
TRACS also is recognized by the United States Department of Education (ED) and the International Network for Quality Assurance Agencies in Higher Education (INQAAHE). TRACS has authorized the Bachelor of Arts in Counseling Psychology, the Bachelor of Arts in Business, the Bachelor of Arts in Education, the Bachelor of Arts in Leadership, the Bachelor of Arts in Religion, the Graduate Certificate in Leadership, the Master of Arts in Christian Counseling, the Master of Arts in Christian Education, the Master of Arts in Leadership Ministry, the Master of Arts in Theological Studies, the Master of Divinity, the Doctor of Intercultural Studies, the Doctor of Ministry, and the Doctor of Strategic Leadership.

Faith International University is authorized by the Washington Student Achievement Council and meets the requirements and minimum educational standards established for degree-granting institutions under the Degree-Granting Institutions Act. This authorization is subject to periodic review and authorizes Faith International University to offer specific degree programs. The Council may be contacted for a list of currently authorized programs. Authorization by the Council does not carry with it an endorsement by the Council of the institution or its programs. Any person desiring information about the requirements of the act or the applicability of those requirements to the institution may contact the Council at P.O. Box 43430, Olympia, WA 98504-3430 or by email at

Veterans who are enrolled at Faith International University may be eligible to receive educational benefits (i.e., TA, Ch. 30, 31, 33, etc.). Veterans may go online at to apply for educational benefits.

Faith International University is authorized under Federal law to issue I-20 forms through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS) and to enroll non-immigrant international students into eligible degree programs.

Faith International University strives to provide a safe and secure environment for our students, faculty and staff. Campus safety is of the utmost importance to our school.

The Clery Act is an important law that governs institutions that receive financial aid. To learn more about the Clery Act, click here


NOTE: The Campus Safety Report and Crime Statistics Report have been consolidated into one “Annual Safety Report” as of 2021 and beyond.



  • For our 2017 to 2019 Crime Statistics Report: click here
  • For our 2016 to 2018 Crime Statistics Report: click here
  • For our 2015 to 2017 Crime Statistics Report: click here
  • For our 2014 to 2016 Crime Statistics Report: click here


  • For our 2017 to 2019 Campus Safety Report: click here
  • For our 2016 to 2018 Campus Safety Report: click here
  • For our 2015 to 2017 Campus Safety Report: click here
  • For our 2014 to 2016 Campus Safety Report: click here

Faith International University (FIU) is the sole owner of the information collected on the institution’s website at FIU collects personally identifiable information from our users at several different points on our website.
We collect the email addresses and certain personally identifiable information of those who communicate with us via email. We also collect certain aggregate information regarding which pages users access or visit, and information volunteered by the users (such as on forms submitted or any surveys we might conduct). If you submit a form requesting a product or service from us, we request certain personally identifiable information from you on each form. You must provide the information requested in each field marked with an asterisk (*), which means it is a required field. Fields not marked with an asterisk are optional.
The information you supply is used to process your request and/or for billing purposes. If we have trouble processing an order, we will use this information to contact you.
From time-to-time we may provide students and/or alumni the opportunity to participate in surveys on our site. If you participate, we may request certain personally identifiable information from you. Participation in these surveys is completely voluntary and you therefore have a choice whether or not to disclose this information. The requested information typically includes contact information (such as name and shipping address), and demographic information (such as zip code).
This information is collected and processed through the Office of the Director of Institutional Effectiveness. All data is analyzed and the results are reported to necessary institutional personnel. We use this information to make necessary changes in how we conduct business, to create policy to present before the Governing Board, and to plan for the future of the institution, academically, financially, and service-wise.
When you submit information, you are transferring such information into the United States and you here by consent to such transfer.
Faith International University may also collect and analyze from visitors and users certain information regarding the use of the FIU website and services available therein. Information collected may include but is not limited to website traffic volume, frequency of visits, type and time of transactions, type of browser and operating system, etc.
We may use personal information to provide the services you’ve requested. We may also use personal information for research and analysis to operate and improve the Faith International University website. We may use third parties to assist us in processing your personal information, and we require that such third parties comply with our Privacy Policy and any other appropriate confidentiality and security measures. We may use certain other information collected from you to help diagnose technical problems, administer the Faith International University website, and improve the quality and types of services delivered. We may provide non-identifying and aggregate usage and volume statistical information derived from the actions of our visitors to third parties in order to demonstrate the value of the website.
The information we collect is not shared with or sold to other organizations for commercial purposes, except to provide products or services you’ve requested, when we have your permission, or if it becomes necessary to share information in order to investigate, prevent, or take action regarding illegal activities, suspected fraud, situations involving potential threats to the physical safety of any person or as otherwise required by law.

Faith International University has implemented processes intended to protect user information and maintain security of data. The personnel that have access to user information is limited and determined by the specific service being provided.
We have attempted to protect the Faith International University servers by locating them areas with security procedures, using of firewalls and implementing other generally available security technologies.
These safeguards help prevent unauthorized access, maintain data accuracy, and ensure the appropriate use of data, but no guaranty can be made that your information and data will be secure from intrusions and unauthorized release to third parties.

As a business service, Faith International University does not target its offerings toward, and does not knowingly collect any personal information from users under 13 years of age.

Faith International University may periodically update this policy. We will notify you about significant changes in the way we treat personal information by posting a notice on the Faith International University & Seminary Site. We do not intend to reduce your rights under this Policy without your explicit consent, and we expect most such changes will be minor. Each version of this Policy will be identified at the bottom of the page by its effective date.
Any questions about this Privacy Policy should be addressed to or by mail at:
Faith International University
3504 N. Pearl St.
Tacoma, WA 98407 US

Copyright infringement is the act of exercising, without permission or legal authority, one or more of the exclusive rights granted to the copyright owner under section 106 of the Copyright Act (Title 17 of the United States Code). These rights include the right to reproduce or distribute a copyrighted work. In the file-sharing context, downloading or uploading substantial parts of a copyrighted work without authority constitutes an infringement.
Criminal Penalties for Violation of Federal Copyright Laws.
Penalties for copyright infringement include civil and criminal penalties. In general, anyone found liable for civil copyright infringement may be ordered to pay either actual damages or “statutory” damages affixed at not less than $750 and not more than $30,000 per work infringed. For “willful” infringement, a court may award up to $150,000 per work infringed. A court can, in its discretion, also assess costs and attorneys’ fees. For details, see Title 17, United States Code, Sections 504, 505.
Willful copyright infringement can also result in criminal penalties, including imprisonment of up to five years and fines of up to $250,000 per offense.
All equipment, services and technologies provided to students as part of Faith International University’s computer system constitute the exclusive property of Faith International University. Similarly, all information composed, transmitted, received or stored via the Institute’s computer system is also considered the property of Faith International University. As such, all stored information is subject to disclosure to management, law enforcement and other third parties, with or without notice to the student.

The Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act requires financial institutions – companies that offer consumers financial products or services like loans, financial or investment advice, or insurance – to explain their information-sharing practices to their customers and to safeguard sensitive data.

The following report satisfies the requirements of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act (GLBA):
Written Information and Cyber-Security Policy (WISP)


An institution exempt from authorization requirements under (a)(11) of this section must include a conspicuous statement on the institution’s marketing in the state, indicating that the program is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48 and this chapter, because the program is online or distance delivered and the institution does not have a physical presence in the state.

Faith International University (FIU) only offers online distance education to the State of Alaska and does not have a physical presence in the state. Therefore, FIU is exempt from authorization under AS 14.48.

FIU is committed to a policy of fair treatment of its students in personal and business relationships with fellow students, administrators, faculty, and staff.


The dean of students serves as the primary student complaint officer for the school and will assist and advise the student through the informal or formal complaint process. If possible, students are encouraged to seek an informal resolution of the matter directly with the individual involved. Following Matthew 18:15-17, offenses against one another should initially be discussed and corrected privately by the individuals involved (e.g., the student with the complaint should first privately address the offending student, faculty, or staff member to resolve the issue). Although this procedure is encouraged—it is not mandatory. The offended person may request the dean of students or another administrator to be present at the initial discussion if the offended person is apprehensive, fearful, or concerned about the response of the other individual.


If an informal approach does not resolve the problem, the student should complete a Student Complaint Form available from the Office of the Dean of Students. When completing the form, it is important that all documentation and other evidence associated with the complaint (e.g., witness statements and support documentation) be included. More than one complaint can be filed regarding the same incident. The complaint should be sent to the dean of students for review, investigation, and resolution. The dean of students will notify the student in writing of his decision within ten business days of the date of the initial complaint and include the notice of a right to appeal.

The student has the right to appeal the decision of the dean of students to either the Academic Affairs Committee (academic complaints) or the President’s Cabinet (non-academic complaints) within ten business days of the date of the written notice of the decision from the dean of students. The decision of the Academic Affairs Committee or President’s Cabinet is final. Record of student complaints are maintained in the Office of the Dean of Students.

If a student feels that FIU has not adequately addressed a complaint or concern, the student may consider contacting the institution’s Accrediting Commission. Please direct all inquiries to:

Transnational Association of Christian Colleges and Schools (TRACS)

15935 Forest Road
Forest, Virginia 24551
434.525.9539 Phone
434.525.9538 FAX or

Students also may contact and file a complaint with the state’s educational agency and the state’s Attorney General at the following addresses:

Washington Student Achievement Council

917 Lakeridge Way
P.O. Box 43430
Olympia, WA 98504-3430

Attorney General: State of Washington

800 5th Ave. Suite 2000
Seattle, WA 98104
360.753.6200 or Consumer line: 800.551.4636 or 206.464.6684 (out-of-state callers)
800.833.6388: Washington State Relay Service for the hearing impaired