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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, latest amended regulation effective in 2004, establishes protections for student records. The law contains three sections that grant parents or eligible students the following:
- the right to inspect and review their student's education records maintained by the school,
- the right to request that the school correct any errors found in those records that they believe to be inaccurate or misleading.
- the school must obtain written permission to share any non-directory information except with the following organizations:
- School officials with legitimate educational interest;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- Specified officials for audit or evaluation purposes;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Organizations conducting certain studies for or on behalf of the school;
- Accrediting organizations;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies; and
- State and local authorities, within a juvenile justice system, pursuant to specific State law.
What is considered directory information? Depends on the school to make their own distinction as long as they tell students and parents and provide them with an opt-out process. The following is acceptable per FERPA: student's name, address, telephone number, date, and place of birth, honors, and awards, and dates of attendance. Wentworth has designated the following as directory information:
- Category I: Name, address, major field of study, dates of attendance, anticipated graduation date, degrees conferred, electronic mail address and voice mail box number.
- Category II: Past and present participation in officially recognized sports and activities, physical factors, date and place of birth.
For additional information, please visit the Student Service Center’s page on FERPA.