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.
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 |