The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools/school districts that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

  • Who is protected under FERPA?

  • What rights does FERPA afford students with respect to their education records?

  • What is an education record?

  • What is not considered an education record?

  • What is directory information?

  • When is the student’s written consent not required to disclose information?

  • What defines a "school/school district official" and "legitimate educational interest"?

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