FERPA Primer

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What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 was enacted 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 or misleading data. It is designed to ensure that students and parents of students may obtain access to the student’s educational record and challenge the content or release of such records to third parties.

FERPA requires that federally funded institutions, under programs administered by the U.S. Department of Education, comply with certain procedures with regard to disclosing and maintaining educational records. FERPA was enacted to preclude the disclosure of educational records simply because the records identify a student by name; rather, it was designed to protect the student’s educational information and status as a student.

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

Georgia Perimeter College will notify students annually of their rights under FERPA here: