Student Privacy (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects
the privacy of students. It says that information regarding a student (grades, attendance, and other educational records) may not be disclosed to any other party, including the student’s parents. Many instructors, at one time or another, receive a phone call from a parent or sibling of a student, asking about a student’s work or questioning the instructor’s judgment.  If you receive such a phone call, simply explain your limitations under FERPA and refer them to the Counseling Department.  If the student has questions for you, he or she will have to address you directly.