If you have any questions regarding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, contact one of our attorneys at (203) 221-3100.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that pertains to all schools that receive funding from the U.S. Department of Education. The purpose of FERPA is to protect students by keeping their educational records private. The act provides parents with certain rights regarding their child’s records, and these rights are transferred to the child when they turn 18 or continue their education beyond high school. These rights include:

  • Reviewing educational records
  • Requesting corrections to educational records that are inaccurate
    • Requesting a formal hearing if the school refuses to amend the records
    • Placing a statement with the record outlining their corrections if they are not made by the school
  • Deciding whether or not to give schools permission to disclose information from the student’s record
    • Exceptions: school officials with legitimate interest, schools a student transfers to, officials for audit or evaluation purposes, parties associated with the student’s financial aid, educational organizations associated with the school, accredited organizations, judicial orders or subpoenas, health and safety officials in the case of an emergency, and juvenile justice authorities at the state and local level

Schools are allowed to disclose directory information (student’s name, address, telephone number, birth date and location, awards and honors, and dates of attendance) without parental consent as long as they inform parents of this information and give them a chance to request that this information not be disclosed.


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