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
- Authorization and Consent to Release Education Records - Paper forms are no longer utilized for Release of Education Information. Students must set up Authorized User(s) on their My.Stetson/OneStop account. Please email [email protected] with any questions.
- Request to Amend or Remove Education Records
- Request to Inspect and Review Education Records
- Request to Withhold Directory Information
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.