FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) that protects student privacy. It generally prevents the release of education records without the consent of the student, and it allows students to review and request correction of education records.
Some information, classified as directory information, can generally be released without consent. The University defines that information as:
- Date and place of birth
- Dates of attendance
- Major fields of study
- Degrees, honors, and awards
- Height and weight of members of athletic teams
- Participation in officially recognized activities
- Enrollment status
Students can opt out of the release of directory information by submitting a written request to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Students may identify certain individuals (such as a parent, spouse, or other individual) to whom the University can release education records upon request by submitting an Authorization for Release of Information (FERPA) form. The authorization can be revoked at any time by submitting a written request to email@example.com.
For more information about FERPA, visit Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).