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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Overview of the law

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) 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. You have access to student educational data in order to perform your job duties and have a legal responsibility to protect student education records in your possession. What this means is that, in general, you may not release information from the student record to a third party, including parents, without written permission from the student.

FERPA was established by the federal government in 1974, and applies to all institutions receiving federal funding. It applies to both K-12 and post-secondary institutions, but students have different rights in K-12 than in when in college.Next slide