FERPA Professors

The FERPA Professor

The FERPA Professors answer questions about FERPA interpretation and implementation for higher education professionals throughout the year. LeRoy Rooker, AACRAO Senior Fellow, has long served as the primary voice of the FERPA Professor both in-person and online. FERPA Professor contributors include:

Want the Professor to come to your campus? Visit our FERPA compliance training page.

AACRAO members, send your questions to the FERPA Professor at communications@aacrao.org.

FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) is a federal law pertaining to the release of and access to student educational records. FERPA protects students’ rights regarding the privacy and accuracy of education records. 

FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds under applicable programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Institutions are responsible for ensuring that all of its school officials comply with FERPA. Failure to comply could ultimately lead to a withholding of funds administered by the Secretary of Education. In general, the best protection for education records is training.