FERPA

What is FERPA?

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is a Federal law that was enacted in 1974.  FERPA protects the privacy of student educational records.  All educational institutions that receive Federal funding must comply with FERPA.  Complete information can be found at http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html.

Why should I care about FERPA?

If you are a student, it is important for you to understand your rights under FERPA.  IF you are a parent, you need to understand your access rights.  And if you’re faculty or staff, you need to understand your responsibilities regarding protection and disclosure of student information.

What are students’ rights under FERPA?

  • The right to specify who can have access to your educational records
  • The right to review your educational records
  • The right to request amendment of inaccurate or misleading portions of your educational records
  • The right to file a complaint regarding non-compliance of FERPA with the Family Policy Compliance Office of the US Department of Education

What are the responsibilities of faculty and staff regarding student records and disclosure of information?

All faculty and staff are considered school officials and are required by law to maintain the confidentiality of student records. The release of any non-directory information about a student (including course grades, letters of recommendation, GPA’s, etc.) to any person outside the University community or to any University personnel without a legitimate educational interest violates federal and state law, as well as university regulations. All University faculty and staff are responsible for protecting the confidentiality of the information.

Where do I get a FERPA Student Request to Share Information form?

You fill out the form online on your Wildcat Web.