What is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) Act?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law enacted in 1974 that applies to the access and release of educational records. It is also known as the Buckley Amendment. Under the FERPA act, a student has the right to review his or her educational records and provide management over the disclosure of information regarding such records. College and university personnel are legally bound not to disclose information such as grades, enrollment status, or other academic performance information unless approved by the student. Parents and family members are often surprised to find out that they no longer have automatic access to their student’s academic records nor can they freely discuss a student’s academic status with college representatives without the written permission of their student. As a parent or family member, it is important that you discuss this with your student and direct any questions to the Office of the Registrar at (956) 882-8254.