What is FERPA?

FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It was passed by Congress in 1974, the Act grants four primary rights to a college or university student. They have the right to:

- Inspect and review their records
- Seek amendment to an incorrect record
- Limit disclosure of "personally identifiable information" known as directory information
- File a complaint with the Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by the institution to comply with FERPA

 

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