The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to protect the confidentiality of student education records. The law states that no one outside the institution shall have access to a student's education records, nor will the institution disclose any information from those records without the written consent of the student, unless a specific exception outlined in the law applies.
"Education records" are records that 1) Contain information that is directly related to a student, and 2) Are maintained by an education agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. Examples of Education Records are: student's transcript, their GPA, their class schedule, attendance information, financial aid information, etc.
The following records are not "education records", for the purpose of FERPA:
* Limitations exist on student's rights to inspect and review their educational records. The institution is not required to permit students to inspect and review the following:
At the post-secondary level, parents have no inherent rights to inspect a student's education record. The right to inspect is limited solely to the student. Parents may gain access to non-directory information (grades, GPA, etc.) only if they obtain consent from the student.
Pursuant to FERPA, the College may disclose a student's education records without a student's written consent under certain conditions. These include, but are not limited to the following circumstances:
In compliance with FERPA, Nassau Community College annually notifies students of the rights afforded to them under FERPA. This notification is also available on the College Catalog Website and is distributed to students via email.
U.S. Dept. of Education, Family Policy Compliance Office at http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/index.html
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