What is FERPA?

1. It stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.

2. Also known as the Buckley Amendment.

3. Protects the privacy of a student’s educational records.

4. Applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education.

5. Enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) of the U.S. Department of Education, Washington DC.

6. FERPA is applicable to both K-12 and higher education. The Family Compliance Office is responsible for both levels of education.

7. The main difference in FERPA between these two levels is that the rights ascribed to the “student” at the higher education level are given to the parents at the K-12 level. FERPA rights are granted to parents until their son/daughter reaches the age of 18 or begins attending an institution of higher education regardless of age.

   Why comply with FERPA?

   Rights granted to Students by FERPA

   When do FERPA rights begin and end for a student?

   Who is and is not covered under FERPA?

   What are Education Records?

   What are not Education Records?

   What is considered Personally Identifiable?

   What information might need to be handled in a secure way?

   What is Directory Information?

   What does Directory Information at INDIANA STATE UNIVERSITY include?

   To whom/under what conditions may colleges disclose personally identifiable information?

   What may NOT be Directory Information?

   Who may access Student Information without obtaining written consent?

   Who are Designated School (College) Officials?

   What is 'Legitimate educational interest'?

   Who else may access Student Information without obtaining prior written consent?

   What are the Parents’ Rights under FERPA?

   How do I put a Confidential Hold on my Record?