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FERPA - Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) - Informational Guidelines for Fort Scott Community College

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of student records. The Act provides for the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit disclosure of information from the records. The Act applies to all institutions that are the recipients of federal funding.

Who is Protected Under FERPA?

Students who are currently enrolled in higher education institutions or formerly enrolled, regardless of their age, or status in regard to parental dependency. Students who have applied but have not attended an institution do not have rights under FERPA.

What are Education Records?

With certain exceptions, a student has rights of access to those records which are directly related to him/her and which are maintained by an educational institution or party authorized to keep records for the institution. "Education Records" generally include any records in the possession of the institution that contains information directly related to a student, with the exception of those addressed below. FERPA does not mandate what records are to be maintained. This is a matter of institutional policy and/or state regulation. The records may be handwritten, electronic, or in some other format. FERPA coverage includes records, files, documents, and data directly related to students. This would include transcripts or other records obtained from a school in which a student was previously enrolled.

When Do You Need Consent to Disclose Personally Identifiable Information from an Education Record?

With specific exceptions, (listed below), a signed and dated consent by the student must be provided by the student before any disclosure is made.
The written consent must:

  • Specify the records that may be disclosed
  • State the purpose of disclosure
  • Identify the party or class of parties to whom the disclosure may be made

An easy way to update this information is through your GIZMO Login.
Here is an instructional video describing the steps:

How to Change Release of Information