Annual Notice

Annual notice and consumer information for Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences.

Annual Notice and Consumer Information

In compliance with federal and state guidelines we are providing resources and links to general information pertaining to Pacific Northwest University of Health Sciences. This information is provided for faculty, staff, students; prospective and currently enrolled, as well as consumers and the general public.  

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

In addition, we want to take this opportunity to give you a brief summary of your rights under The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records.  These rights include:

  1. The right to inspect and review your education record.
  2. Students who believe their education records contain information that is inaccurate, misleading, or held in violation of privacy rights or other rights, may ask the University to amend a record.
  3. The right to consent disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in your education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by PNWU to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
  5. The right to withhold the release of directory information. To do so, you must complete a “Request for Non-disclosure of Directory Information” form that is available on the student forms page.

Release of student record information is generally not done without the expressed, written consent of the student; however, there are some exceptions. 

For example, directory information includes the following, and may be released without the student’s consent: Student name, university and permanent home address, telephone number, e-mail address, photograph, date of birth, dates of attendance, enrollment status, class, major or field of study, previous institutions attended, awards and honors (including honor roll), degrees conferred (including dates), residency placement, participation in officially recognized activities.

Questions concerning FERPA, general university information, or if you need access to hard copies of the information on our website, please contact Enrollment Services by emailing or call 509.249.7888.

Drug Conviction

A student is ineligible to receive Title IV, HEA program funds, if the student has been convicted of an offense under any federal or state law involving the possession or sale of illegal drugs for conduct that occurred during a period of enrollment for which the student was receiving Title IV, HEA program funds. However, the student may regain eligibility if the student successfully completes a drug rehabilitation program after the student's most recent drug conviction. The student regains eligibility on the date the student successfully completes the program. The student should work closely with Enrollment Services to determine eligibility.