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.

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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