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.
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 |