As with any law, some exceptions exist.  Excluded from the definition of education records are the following:

  • university law enforcement records;
  • employment records when the employment is not connected to student status (e.g., a staff member who happens to be pursuing a degree at the institution, as opposed to a student employed under the work-study program);
  • medical and mental health records used only for treatment of the student;
  • alumni records which do not relate to or contain information about the person as a student; and
  • "sole possession records" (faculty and staff personal records not shared with others and only for the personal use of the maker).