Student Educational Records
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What does FERPA stand for?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

It's the Law:

FERPA is a federal law that gives students the following rights to their educational records:

  1. Inspect and review their educational records.
  2. Request the amendment of records that he/she believe are inaccurate
  3. Request that disclosure of their personally identifiable information be limited, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.
  4. File a complaint with the Department of Education regarding an institutions alleged failure to comply with the Act.

FERPA rights apply to eligible students who have reached the age of 18 OR who attend postsecondary institutions.