FERPA: The Importance of Protecting Student Records (Slides 4-6)

What is FERPA?

 Slide 4

Contents of: What is FERPA?

  • “FERPA” stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • FERPA governs disclosure of student “education records.”
  • Grants five specific rights to current and former students.

Student Rights Under FERPA

 Slide 5

Contents of: Student Rights Under FERPA

  • The right to inspect their education records;
  • The right to prevent disclosure of their education records;
  • The right to seek amendment to their education records if believed to be inaccurate or misleading; to append a statement to their records;
  • The right to be notified of their privacy rights under FERPA; and,
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education in Washington concerning an alleged failure by the University to comply with FERPA.

Who is covered by FERPA?

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Contents of: Who is covered by FERPA?

  • UNC Charlotte’s FERPA obligations extend to living students currently attending or who have attended at any time in the past, and only to information collected about them while they were attending (or information gathered post-attendance that is directly related to the students’ attendance).
  • NC Public Records Act treats records of applicants (whether admitted or not) as confidential; FERPA does NOT require this.