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Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

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Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.
  • This act provides rights primarily for the student, regardless of age, once he or she enrolls at an institution of higher education. We encourage families to discuss this Privacy Act and take appropriate steps that are comfortable with both the student and family to ensure the safety and privacy of the student's records.
  • You may choose to restrict further access to your records, such as "directory information". See the FERPA Notification to Students and the Directory Information Non-Disclosure Form.
  • For additional information regarding FERPA, you may also refer to Model Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions and The Family Policy Compliance Office of U.S. Department of Education has jurisdiction over the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.


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