FERPA for Higher Education

Members of the campus community including faculty, staff, coaches, athletic staff, health center staff, counseling center staff, residence hall staff, and student-employees who have reason to access and process students’ education records or who may receive requests for disclosure of students’ education records; not targeted to policy-making administrators

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Expected Duration
30 minutes

Ensuring the privacy of student education records is an important priority for every educational institution. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) outlines the rights of students and their families with respect to the confidentiality of and access to education records kept by institutions. This course will provide employees of postsecondary educational institutions awareness-level training on their responsibilities and obligations under FERPA.
This course was developed with subject matter support provided by the law firm of Sheehan Phinney Bass + Green PA. Please note, however, that the course materials and content are for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. Nothing herein, or in the course materials, shall be construed as professional advice as to any particular situation or constitute a legal opinion with respect to compliance with any federal, state, or local laws. Transmission of the information is not intended to create, and receipt does not constitute, an attorney-client relationship. Readers should not act upon this information without seeking professional counsel. The information contained herein is provided only as general information that may or may not reflect the most current legal developments. This information is not provided in the course of an attorney-client relationship and is not intended to constitute legal advice or to substitute for obtaining legal advice from an attorney licensed in your state.


FERPA and Data Protection

  • recognize the types of information in education records that generally cannot be disclosed without a student’s consent
  • follow best practices for protecting education records at your institution
  • recognize the types of activities that put the confidentiality of education records at risk
  • respond appropriately to requests for education records





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