The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The disclosure or publication of student information is protected by FERPA and ensures every student is afforded certain rights with respect to their education records.
Amongst these are: 1) the right to inspect and review the student’s education record; 2) the right to request the amendment of the education records that the student believes are inaccurate or misleading by writing the University official responsible for the record to clearly identify their concern for review; 3) the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Schools may disclose, without consent, “directory” information, unless otherwise notified by students not to disclose information about them. Disclosure is permitted without consent to school officials with legitimate educational interests. Parents or legal guardians have access to students’ records only if the student is financially dependent on them, as defined by Internal Revenue Code and Tax Statements.
The University is required to establish guidelines for implementing FERPA, and a list of records maintained by various University offices are available in the Access and Enrollment Services Office. For additional information about student privacy, filing complaints and right-to-know concerns, contact the Access and Enrollment Services Department.