FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)


FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) 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. FERPA deals specifically with the education records of students, affording them certain rights with respect to those records. For purposes of definition, education records are those records which are:

  • Directly related to a student and maintained by an institution or a party acting for the institution.

FERPA gives students who reach the age of 18 or who attend a post-secondary institution the right to inspect and review their own education records. Furthermore, the right to request amendment of records and to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from these records shifts from the parent to the student at this time.

FERPA applies to the education records of persons who are or have been in attendance in post-secondary institutions, including students in cooperative and correspondence study programs, video conference, satellite, internet or other electronic forms. FERPA does not apply to records of applicants for admission who are denied acceptance or, if accepted, do not attend an institution.

For more information regarding FERPA, contact the UCCS Office of the Registrar (registrar@uccs.edu or 719-255-3361). Additional information can also be found on the U.S. Department of Education website.

Educational Records
Definition of a University Official
Legitimate Educational Interest
Sending Student Data Electronically
Directory Information
Non-disclosure: Full Privacy & Limited Privacy Options
Release of Disciplinary Information
Student Access to Student Records
Third-Party Access to Student Records
Amending Education Records
Right to a Hearing if Change Request to Educational Record is Denied
Rights of Inactive Students
University FERPA Certification
Concerns for Student Behavior, Health and Safety
Student Data Use at the University
Disposal of Student Educational Records
Penalties for Violating FERPA Regulations
What if someone needs to reach the student because of an emergency?
Posting of Grades by Faculty
Letters of Recommendation
Special "DON’TS" for Faculty