Data Request Policy
Drury University strives to maintain the highest quality institutional data so that it may accurately and consistently represent itself to both internal and external audiences. The Institutional Research & Effectiveness (IR&E) office encourages and supports the use of institutional data and analysis in decision-making. This policy regulates how institutional data and related statistics may be requested by members of the Drury community from IR&E and the ways in which that data may be communicated to third parties.
Aggregate results of some Institutional Research surveys and much of the data used for state and federal reporting purposes is considered public and will be posted on the IR&E page of the Drury website. Although this information is not subject to FERPA regulations, data posted on the IR&E page, and aggregate data released to you, should be handled with care.
If you need information that is not posted on the site, please use the Data Request Form on the IR&E webpage to make your request. A "data request" is defined as a request for information about Drury University students, courses, faculty, finances, research, or staff that is going to be used to support the administration of the University.
In almost all cases, data provided by the IR&E office will be aggregate-level, meaning that there are no individual identifying factors that can be tied back to specific students, faculty or staff on campus. Unit-record data, e.g. data with identifying factors, will only be released under very specific conditions: Requests by trustee members, senior administrators and faculty representatives of standing committees or academic departments for decision-support, institutional planning or departmental assessment, upon approval by the appropriate senior officer.
Under either condition, to be eligible to receive any data with identifying factors, the recipient must complete the FERPA tutorial located on the Human Resources Training website and acknowledge in writing that the data provided cannot be released to any other parties, including students (even for classroom use or research purposes).
Questions about this policy should be directed to the Director of Institutional Research and Effectiveness.