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Letters of Reference

Without exception, all requests for letters of reference or for completion of forms relating to academic performance and/or personal qualities require written authorization from the student (or graduate) for release of such information.  This also applies to requests for information from faculty or administrative officers.  Students have the right of access to letters or statements giving such information unless, in the authorization for release, the student waives this right and agrees that the information to be sent is to be held confidential.  Confidential references are often requested by agencies or institutions to which students apply for aid or for a position.