Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, helps protect the privacy of student education records. The Act provides three basic rights:

  1. The right to inspect and review the education records relating to the student maintained by the schools the student attends.
  2. The right to challenge and require the school to amend any portion of the education records concerning the student that is inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of the student's privacy rights.
  3. The right to require the school to obtain written consent prior to the disclosure of personally identifiable information, except in those instances specifically noted in the statute.

The intent of the legislation is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education. For more detailed information refer to the Notification of Rights under FERPA for Postsecondary Institutions which is available from the Office of Student Records.