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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is the federal law that governs the rights of students and an institution’s responsibilities with respect to student records. If you have questions regarding the information on this page, please contact us.
FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. When the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level, those rights transfer to the student.
Under FERPA, students have the right to:
“Educational Records” include any information or data recorded in any medium, including but not limited to, handwriting, print, tapes, film, e-mail, microfilm, and microfiche, that directly relates to a student and is maintained by the University or by a person acting for the University.
Examples of an Educational Record include:
Students have a right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Gallaudet University to comply with the requirements of FERPA.
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