FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a 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.  Educational records are defined as “…records, files, documents, and other material…which contain information directly related to a student…Educational records do not include personal files of faculty and administrative personnel, law  enforcement records, medical records, or parents’ financial records.”

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when she/he reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.” Per the Act, a student may inspect and review their education records, may seek to amend those records, and may limit disclosure of information.

Each student has the option to file a Release of Records form with the Office of the Registrar. The form will allow Becker College officials to speak to the individuals identified on the form about the student’s educational records. Particulars may include academic standing, grades, class attendance, disciplinary issues, and financial obligations. If the student chooses not to complete the Release of Records form, it may limit the College’s ability to contact others in the event of an emergency.

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