The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act ("FERPA") is a federal law that gives students who enter a post-secondary institution, the right to have access to their education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from their education records. With limited exceptions, FERPA prohibits the release of personally identifiable information from a student's education record without the student's prior written consent. The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.
More information specific to dealing with FERPA issues can be found on our FAQ-FERPA page.