FERPA

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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is intended to protect the confidentiality of student records and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents.

The Basics of FERPA

  • What is it?
  • Who does it apply to?
  • What does it cover?
  • What information can I discuss with the student, parent, or colleagues?

FERPA for Faculty

  • How does FERPA affect how I post grades or return assignments?
  • Who can and can’t I share information about a student?
  • What information can I have access to?
  • What if I am concerned about a student and their safety or the safety of those around them?

FERPA for Staff

  • When is it ok to release student information?
  • Who can I release information to and who can’t I release information to?
  • What about student employee access to information?
  • What if I am concerned about a student and their safety or the safety of those around them?

NMU's complete FERPA policy can be viewed here.