FERPA Policies

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What is FERPA?

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 law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

Essentially, FERPA states that:

  • Students at postsecondary institutions must be permitted to inspect and review their education records.
  • School officials may not disclose personally identifiable information from a student’s education record, without written permission, unless such a disclosure is permitted by one of the FERPA signed-consent exceptions.
  • Institutions are responsible for ensuring that all of its school officials comply with FERPA.

Student Rights

Students have the right to:

  • Inspect and review their educational records maintained by the school.
  • Request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.
  • Limit disclosure of their records.  We must have written permission from the eligible student in order to release any information from the student’s educational record that is not directory information (personally identifiable information).
  • File complaints under FERPA with the U.S. Department of Education Family Policy Compliance Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act.