The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA provides the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records and to limit disclosure of information from the records. This law applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education.
FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records until the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level at which point these rights transfer to the “eligible” student.
Parents must receive written permission, Authorization for Release of Information, from the eligible student in order for the school to release any information from a student’s education record.
Under certain circumstance the Dean of Students Office will disclose information about a student:
- Violation of the Student Code of Conduct involving underage student possession and/or consumption of alcohol and/or drugs. In these instances a Parental Notification Letter will be sent.
- Serious health and safety concerns