FERPA (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act)

FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. 
Under FERPA, students have certain rights, including the right to:

  • Inspect and review information in their education records
  • Restrict the release of some directory information (contact the Office of Student Affairs)

Under FERPA, staff, faculty, and student employees generally may not disclose information from a student’s record. As a practical matter, this means you should:

  • Not provide copies of student records to anyone other than the student or a college employee who needs to know the information to perform their job duties.
  • Not share personally identifiable information with third parties. If a third party requests any student information (e.g., a student’s immigration status), direct the inquirer to the Registrar’s Office. If the request is from a law enforcement agency or is received as part of a subpoena, contact the Office of General Counsel.

Special note regarding immigration status: The College will not disclose any specific student’s immigration status except in response to a lawfully-issued subpoena or as otherwise required by law.

Your Rights Under FERPA

Do Not Release Directory Information (FERPA Block)

Authorization to Release Information (FEPA Release)