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Basics of FERPA

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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.

Do Not
  • 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.