What is FERPA?

The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law (20 U.S.C. 1232g) that protects the privacy of a student's educational record.

The U.S. Department of Education summarizes the rights afforded to students by FERPA as follows:

  • The right to inspect and review the education record within 45 days of the day the University receives a request, Request to Inspect and Review Education Records.
  • The right to request the amendment of the education record if the student believes it to be inaccurate, misleading, or otherwise in violation of privacy under FERPA,
  • The right to have control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records, Request to Withhold Directory Information.
  • The right to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office if they feel their FERPA rights have been violated.
    Family Policy Compliance Office
    U.S. Department of Education
    400 Maryland Avenue SW
    Washington, DC 20202-5920




Request For Records from Third Party

  • FERPA has specifically identified certain information called directory information that may be disclosed without student consent.  Although directory information may be disclosed without student consent, under FERPA, Stetson is not required to release directory information.