What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974 and amended several times since, the Act grants four specific rights to post-secondary students:
  • the right to inspect and review the student’s educational records that the institution keeps on file

  • the right to request an amendment of the records believed in error

  • the right to prohibit disclosure of personally identifiable information, except where FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent

  • the right to file a complaint with the US Department of Education regarding alleged failures in compliance
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