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Definition

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

For more information visit the FERPA gov site

AUC Policy

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 The Privacy Act requires the College to respect the privacy of education records, but gives the right to provide information contained in the general directory at its discretion, without prior authorization from a student. Students may limit the release of information by filing a special form with the Registrar.

Detailed copies of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act are available at the Registrar's Office. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act assures the student of:

  • The right to review and inspect his or her educational records
  • The right to request an amendment of his or her educational records to ensure that they are not inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of student's privacy and other rights
  • The right to consent to disclosure of personal information contained in his or her educational (academic and discipline) records except to the extent that the Act authorizes disclosure without consent
  • The right to file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint concerning alleged failure of the institution to comply with the requirements of the Act
  • The right to obtain a copy of the institution's Student Record Policy Directory information that may be released to the news media and other personnel upon request. Such information includes the following:
     1. Name of Student
     2. Class Standing (freshman, etc.)
     3. Major(s) and/or Minors
     4. Dates of Attendance
     5. Date and place of birth
     6. Registration Status (official or unofficial)
     7. Degree and Awards Received
     8. Local Address and Telephone Number
     9. Email Address
    10. Most recent attended educational institutions
    11. Photographs.

 

The Privacy Act also prohibits the distribution of grades or the disclosing of discipline records to parents or guardians without the prior written consent of the student, or a statement of dependency from the parent when the student is a dependent under the criteria of the Internal Revenue Code.

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