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The FERPA Professors Archive

The FERPA Professor is dedicated to addressing inquiries regarding FERPA interpretation and application for professionals in the field of higher education on a continual basis. LeRoy Rooker, an esteemed AACRAO Senior Fellow, has played a prominent role as the main spokesperson for the FERPA Professor, both in physical gatherings and virtual platforms. The team of contributors for the FERPA Professor comprises:


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Recent Ask the FERPA Professor Articles



2024 Ask the FERPA Professor Articles




2023 Ask the FERPA Professor Articles


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jun 26, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about the Solomon Amendment and directory information.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jun 12, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers an interesting question about recordkeeping, state law, FERPA, and student disclosure.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    May 30, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding the 45-day requirement and student requests.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    May 15, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding class schedules and directory information.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    May 1, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question from a higher education vendor regarding a questionable request from an institution.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Apr 17, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding record responsibility and control at the point of matriculation.


  • Live from #AACRAO2023: Ask the FERPA Professor

    Mar 28, 2023

    A series of in-depth FERPA questions answered by LeRoy Rooker "The FERPA Professor" and Dr. Helen B. Garrett.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Mar 6, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question pertaining to applicants, education records, and institutional responsibility.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Feb 20, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about a possible FERPA violation and a suspended student.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Feb 6, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers an interesting question about a situation common for most institutions.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jan 23, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers tough questions about possible FERPA violations, education record definitions, and more.



  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Dec 21, 2023

    The FERPA Professor responds to an interesting question relating to the recordation requirement and what to include on student records.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Dec 8, 2023

    The FERPA Professor responds to a question on information disclosure, consent, and timelines.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Oct 30, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding legitimate educational interest.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Oct 16, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding "school official" definitions.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Oct 2, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about releasing transcripts from other institutions.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Sep 18, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question touching on the practice of witholding transcripts and a students' right to inspect and review educational records.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Sep 5, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question regarding who and what qualifies as a "legitimate educational interest".


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Aug 18, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a series of questions regarding directory information, opt-out requirements, and intitutional obligations.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Aug 4, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question the Student ID and directory information designation.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jul 21, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about non-disclosure requests and directory information.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jul 10, 2023

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about providing student records through alternative means.



2022 Ask the FERPA Professor Articles



  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Dec 12, 2022

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about student consent methodology and practice in the case of a deceased student.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Nov 14, 2022

    The FERPA Professor answers a question about student consent methodology and practice.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Oct 17, 2022

    The FERPA Professor answers two member questions regarding information disclosure and directory information.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Oct 3, 2022

    The FERPA Professor discusses allowed technology and possible FERPA violations.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Sep 19, 2022

    The FERPA Professor student education record disclosure and allowed exceptions.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Sep 6, 2022

    Ask the FERPA Professor contributor Dr. Helen B. Garrett provides real-world tips on maintaining compliance.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Aug 8, 2022

    The FERPA Professor looks at what qualifies as an "Education Record" and provides guidance as it relates to FERPA.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jul 25, 2022

    The FERPA Professor answers an unusual FERPA request regarding the release of academic records.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jul 11, 2022

    The FERPA Professor answers questions regarding Rights of “Access and Review” of Records.



2021 Ask the FERPA Professor Articles


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jun 28, 2021

    The FERPA Professor answers questions regarding the recordation provision and inadvertent information release.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    May 3, 2021

    The FERPA Professor answers member questions regarding the recordation provision and dual enrollment.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Mar 22, 2021

    The FERPA Professor weighs in on "directory information" requests and when disclosure is required.


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jan 25, 2021

    Are academic advisors' notes considered "education records" under FERPA?


  • Ask the FERPA Professor

    Jan 11, 2021

    Is it a FERPA violation to provide teaching assistants gradebook access?




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