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Student Education Records (FERPA)




What laws or policies govern student education records?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law (20 U.S.C. §1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) that protects the privacy of student educational records.  The law applies to all schools (including the University of Wyoming) that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

What rights do students have related to their education records?

FERPA gives certain rights to parents with respect to their children's educational records.  The rights transfer to the student when he/she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level (eligible student).  The rights include:

  • The right to inspect and review their education records maintained by the school;
  • The right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or an misleading;
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning an alleged failure of the school to comply with FERPA.

Can the University share my student record without consent?

Generally, schools must have written permission from the parent or eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record.  However, FERPA does allow schools to disclose records, without consent, to certain parties under the following conditions:



  • School officials with legitimate educational interest, including students serving in an official capacity on University committees;
  • 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 directory information?

Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. Students may restrict the release of their directory information by completing a "Confidentiality of Student Records" form which is available from the Registrar's Office.  To review the University’s definition of "directory information,” see FERPA: A Student's Right to Privacy:http://wwwferpa_student.html .  

Resources?

UW Regulation 8-243 (Official Student Records and FERPA): http://www.uwyo.edu/generalcounsel/_files/docs/uw%20reg%20updates%202014/uw-reg-8-243.pdf 

UW Policy Relating to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act “Buckley Amendment” (PL93-380): http://www.uwyo.edu/generalcounsel/_files/docs/uw%20reg%20updates%202014/appendix-a-to-uw-reg-8-243.pdf 

UW’s Office of the Registrar: http://www.uwyo.edu/registrar/ferpa/ 

U.S. Department of Education: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html



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