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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Basics For Faculty and Staff

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a U.S. Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It is also known as the Buckley Amendment.

What does FERPA mean for students?

What records are considered academic records?

Examples of academic records include:

What records are excluded from FERPA?

How does FERPA protect academic records?

What is Directory Information at Binghamton University?

It is the only information that can be released without the student's consent.

Directory information includes:

Why it is important to know what is considered directory information at BU?

However, the University may determine there is an articulable and significant threat to the health or safety of a student or other individuals. Information from education records may then be disclosed to any person whose knowledge of the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or others. (Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO), U.S. Department of Education)

Directory Exclusion

What does FERPA mean for parents?

FERPA does not automatically grant parents the right to access the educational records of their children. At Binghamton University parents may gain access only with the written consent of the student.

What does FERPA mean for faculty?

This means that faculty should not post, display or in any way make the following available to the general public or other students (even if they are in the same class):

What does FERPA mean for faculty and staff?

Questions about FERPA?

If in doubt, do not release information.

Contact Student Records for clarification.

Questions about an interpretation of the federal law or about specific situations?

Dennis Chavez
Director of Financial Aid and Student Records
Phone: 607-777-6898

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Last Updated: 9/26/14