General Rule:

Obtain written consent from students before disclosing any personally identifiable information from their education records to third parties.

  • “Personally identifiable” means that the information would make the student’s identity easily traceable.  Some examples include, but are not limited to, the student’s name, the student’s parent or other family members’ name; the address of the student or student’s family; or a personal identifier such as the student’s ID number or social security number.

Adequate written consent must state the following:

  • The precise records to be disclosed,
  • The purpose of the disclosure,
  • To whom the disclosure may be made; and be signed and dated by the student.

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FERPA | Major Concepts in FERPA | Who is a Student | What is an Education Record? | Exceptions | FERPA Recognized Exceptions |
Legitimate Educational Interests
| Records not Protected by FERPA | General Rule: | Disclosure of Education Records |
Releasing Records
| Who is a School Official | Confidential Records | "Keeper" of the Record | Parent Access to Student Record | Important Note | Email and Computer Guidelines | Summary | Warnings Against Non-Compliance | Additional Resources |
  • Last update on  October 19, 2010