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Privacy and Security

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records; to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records; and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. Staff and faculty have access to student educational data in order to perform job duties, and staff and faculty have a legal responsibility to protect student education records in their possession. In general, faculty and staff may not release information from the student record to a third party, including parents, without written permission from the student.