Major Concepts in FERPA
The major concepts found in FERPA include:
- Most student records at the university are considered "education
records" that are protected by FERPA, including computer records.
- The student has a right to access
and review his/her education records
and may ask to amend a record to correct inaccurate information and
if the institution declines to do so, may request a hearing.
- All education records are confidential (except directory information
in most cases) and cannot be disclosed unless the student consents
or the request fits one of the exceptions.
- Faculty and staff generally may not see a student's education records
without first identifying a legitimate educational
interest or one
of the other exceptions under which records may be reviewed.
- Parents do not have an automatic right to view their children's postsecondary