Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA dictates that University staff members may not share any information, other than directory information, with anyone outside of the University system. This includes, but is not limited to, information about grades, disciplinary history and action, health concerns, and the balance in your accounts. 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. Exceptions to this Act are allowed in life-threatening situations. University administrators within the University system may share information about students and residents on a need-to-know basis.