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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

Policy Information

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Effective Date: 
February 18, 2002
Last Revised Date: 
May, 2015
Policy Number: 
University Handbook for Appointed Personnel 2.05
Responsible Unit: 
Office of the Registrar

Purpose and Summary

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (the Buckley Amendment) requires certain procedures to ensure the confidentiality of students' records, to provide rights of inspection, and to facilitate challenges of record information. University policy with regard to the act is available online at the Office of the Registrar website.


FERPA is the federal law that governs the rights of students and institutional responsibilities with respect to student records.

Compliance and Responsibilities

Questions regarding the act may be referred to the Dean of Students Office or the Office of the Registrar.

Revision History*

06/14/2023: Non-substantive revision - changed Responsible Unit from Human Resources to Office of the Registrar.

05/11/2023: Moved link to Office of the Registrar from the Related Information section to the Purpose and Summary section.

05/08/2015: "Family" added to title.

* Please note that sections titled Frequently Asked Questions, Sources, Related Information, and Revision History are provided solely for the convenience of users and are not part of the official University policy.

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