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.
- 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.