Warnings Against Non-Compliance

  • Non-compliant institutions may lose federal funding.
  • Punishment may include imprisonment in the county jail for not more than 6 months or a fine not to exceed $1,000 or both.
  • Organizations conducting studies must destroy student files when no longer needed.  Failure to do so could lead to a five-year ban on the disclosure of information to that organization.
  • The Supreme Court has upheld that educational institutions cannot be sued for alleged violations of FERPA.  They CAN be sued in civil actions for libel and/or slander.
  • Last update on  October 19, 2010