Student Privacy ( FERPA )

What is FERPA?

FERPA is an acronym for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also referred to as the Buckley Amendment) and is a federal law designed to:

  • Protect the privacy of student education records.
  • Establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records.
  • Provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading information.

Students Have the Right to:

  • Inspect and review their education records.
  • Seek to amend their education records when there has been a legitimate error recorded.
  • Have some control over the release of information from their education records.

Parental Rights

  • When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending college, FERPA rights are transferred to the student.
  • Parents may obtain directory information at the discretion of the college.
  • Parents may obtain non-directory information with a signed consent from their child.

Refer to the degree program catalog.