Major Concepts in FERPA

The major concepts in FERPA are as follows:

  • Most student records at the university are considered "education records" that are protected by FERPA, including computer records.
  • The student has the right to access and review his/her education records.
  • All education records are confidential (except directory information in most cases) and cannot be disclosed unless the student consents or the request fits one of the exceptions.
  • Faculty and staff generally may not see a student's education records without first identifying a legitimate educational interest or one of the other exceptions under which records may be reviewed.
  • Parents do not have an automatic right to view their children's postsecondary education records.

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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  May 09, 2013