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 education records.