FERPA

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.

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Feb 19, 2024

The FERPA Professor examines the terms "School Official" and "Legitimate Education Interest" as applied to student workers.

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Feb 5, 2024

The FERPA Professor answers a question about a court subpoena and FERPA compliance.

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Oct 16, 2023

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

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Oct 2, 2023

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

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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.

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Aug 4, 2023

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May 30, 2023

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

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May 1, 2023

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

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Apr 17, 2023

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

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Feb 20, 2023

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

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Feb 6, 2023

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

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Jan 23, 2023

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

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Dec 12, 2022

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

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Sep 6, 2022

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

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Ask the FERPA Professor with LeRoy Rooker

May 15, 2024

May 15, 2024 | 2:00-3:00 pm ET

AACRAO is taking the well-loved AACRAO annual meeting session favorite, “Ask the FERPA Professor with LeRoy Rooker”, on the road and we invite you to join moderator, Dr. Helen B. Garrett, University of Washington, as she facilitates LeRoy responding to your FERPA questions.  Whether you are new to FERPA or are a seasoned expert, this webinar will allow you to come with your burning FERPA questions and to ask the top expert of them all, LeRoy Rooker.  The format will be a webinar where you can post your questions in the chat and LeRoy will respond.

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Helen B. Garrett, Ed.D.

University Registrar, University of Washington

Presenters:

LeRoy Rooker

Senior Fellow, AACRAO