Understand Your FERPA Rights

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal statute that protects a student’s educational record. This Act was designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the rights of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide for corrections to those records through hearings.

Students have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Office concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. Individual institutions may define directory information as those items that may be released or published regarding a student. Urbana University defines directory information as: name, address, current class schedule, degrees and honors received, dates of degrees, dates of enrollment, current enrollment status, most recent educational institution attended, verification of signature, e-mail, and name and address of parent(s) or guardian(s). Also included in such a compilation is information about participation in officially recognized activities and sports, records achieved, and the weight and height of members of athletic teams. Questions concerning the policy may be directed to the Registrar’s Office.

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