Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act, generally known, as FERPA is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s educational records. Under the protection of FERPA, the University is NOT permitted to disclose information regarding your child’s educational record with anyone including parents, guardians and family members absent certain exceptions set forth in the law.

The provision on non-disclosure can be waived if the student signs an authorization granting the University permission to disclose to parents, or whomever else the student chooses, information regarding educational records and or other related matters. The authorization form is available during student orientation sessions or can be obtained from the Office of the Registrar.

The form may also be viewed and printed here: FERPA Consent To Release Form (PDF rev. 07/2018)

Please keep in mind that regardless of whether the student consents, the University will not provide any student passwords to anyone other than the student.

FERPA Frequently Asked Questions: Please click the question for the answer


1. What is FERPA?


2. Who does FERPA aim to protect?


3. If I am a parent of a college student, do I have the right to see my child’s education records, especially if I pay the bill?


4. Can a postsecondary institution disclose financial records of an eligible student with the student’s parents?


5. What if my child is a minor and he or she is taking classes at a local college while still in high school – do I have rights?


6. May a postsecondary institution disclose to a parent, without the student’s consent, information regarding a student’s violation of an applicable law and University policy prohibiting of the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance?


7. If my student is involved in an incident impacting the health and safety of them or others, is the university permitted to contact me?


8. What is considered directory information?


9. What happens if a student requests that his/her directory information not be released?


10. How would a student provide written consent for someone to access their records?


11. Who are "University officials"?


12. Do University employees have to obtain the student's permission before reviewing a student's educational record?


13. What constitutes "legitimate educational interest"?