Ferpa and Privacy

FERPA: Guidance for Students

What are my rights under FERPA?
Under FERPA, you have a right to:

  • inspect and review your educational records
  • request to amend your educational records
  • have some control over the disclosure of information from your educational records

Who can access my educational records?   
Your educational records are confidential and may be disclosed to:

  • appropriate University administrators, faculty and staff members who require such access in order to perform their legitimate educational and business duties
  • to those to whom you have given express, written permission by signing the FERPA Release Form

When do FERPA rights begin?   
Your FERPA rights begin when you enroll; that is, when you have registered, paid and classes have begun.

Can my parents get information about me?   
Without your express, written permission, your parents, like all other third parties, may have access only to your directory information. If you have restricted some or all of your directory information from access by the public, then those items of directory information are considered confidential, and cannot be released to your parents or other third parties. 

Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
Direct general questions to the Registrar's Office.

For further and more detailed information about FERPA, you can download the Department of Education's Guidance for Students PDF.