Chicago State University (CSU) has officially confirmed President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s attendance and graduation in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree. The university made this revelation in response to a request for information about President Tinubu’s educational records, filed in August 2023 with a U.S. federal court.
In a statement issued to CBS Broadcasting Inc. (CBS News), CSU rclarified its position on providing student records, citing the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). This federal law safeguards the privacy of student records and limits what an educational institution can disclose publicly. Also Read: https://legalattorneyblog.com/2023/08/02/tinubu-has-two-chicago-university-certificates-signed-by-different-persons/
“While we are occasionally asked to furnish information related to student records as an educational institution, federal law, known as FERPA, places restrictions on what we can publicly disclose,” CSU explained.
Chicago State University Confirms President Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s Graduation.
The statement continued, “In August 2023, a request was made to the U.S. federal court for the university to provide information related to educational records concerning Bola Tinubu, the President of Nigeria, and a former CSU student.
The university has confirmed that Tinubu attended CSU and graduated in 1979 with a bachelor’s degree. Federal law, however, prevents us from providing further information without consent or unless allowed to do so via court order.”
CSU expressed confidence in the accuracy and integrity of its records regarding President Tinubu’s completion of graduation requirements and degree certification. Additionally, the university clarified that it is not directly involved in the Nigerian legal proceedings that prompted the request for information, and a U.S. federal judge will determine whether the university should provide further details.
FERPA and Privacy Regulations Govern Information Disclosure.
“Our response to the request for Tinubu’s academic records has been entirely consistent with our practices, policies, and federal law. We would respond in exactly the same manner for any request for any student information by a third party,” Chicago State University emphasized in its statement.
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