Basics of FERPA
What are a student's rights under FERPA?
- The right to inspect and review their education records
- The right to seek to amend education records that are believed to be inaccurate or misleading
- The right to demand that personally identifiable information be disclosed only with student consent, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent
- The right to file a complaint against the institution.
What is an education record?
An education record is any record which contains information that is personally identifiable to a student, and is maintained by the University or by a party or organization acting on behalf of the school.
The following information is NOT part of an education record:
- Private notes of individual faculty or staff that are not accessible or released to other personnel
- Campus safety records
- Medical records
- Alumni records
- Talk to Student Administrative Services if you are ever in doubt.
- Consider personal information, enrollment records, grades and schedules as part of a student's education record.
- Protect the student education records in your possession.
- Release student education records without the written consent of the student.
- Use the entire Social Security Number of a student in a public posting of grades.
- Link the name of a student with that student's social security number in any public manner.
- Discuss the progress of any student with anyone (including parents) other than that student without the consent of the student.