FERPA Scenario Q&A
Question: You hear a faculty member talking about a specific student. You know the student and her family. Can you access the student's records to see how she is progressing academically?
Answer: No. Legitimate educational interest does not include simply having a curiosity about the academic record or disciplinary proceedings with regard to a student without some legitimate academic reason. Thus, all records of all students are not open to all faculty or staff at the University.
Consult with the Office of the Registrar if you have any question about whether a legitimate educational interest exists in connection with a request for student data.
* General Rule: If you don't need to know the information to do your job, don't access it.