Topics: Personally identifiable information, Identity theft, Education Pages: 1 (260 words) Published: April 23, 2014
March 13, 2014

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act, Is a federal law that pertains to the release of and assess to educational records. It applies to all schools K- 12 that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S Department of Education. FERPA applies to personally identifiable information in educational records, which includes a student’s name, names of family members, addresses, personal identifiers such as social security numbers, and personal information that make a student’s identity easily traceable. According to FERPA, non- directory information may not be released without prior consent from the student. Exceptions include; access by appropriate university administrations, faculty, or staff who require access to educational records in order to perform their legitimate educational duties in connection with a student’s application for, or receipt of financial aid. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. FERPA gives students the right to inspect and request corrections to their educational records as well as to limit the release of “personal identifiable” information from their records. What can happen if you fail to follow the FERPA LAW? Dismissal, lawsuit, loss of federal funding, conviction of a misdemeanor under the public information act, confinement in the county jail not to exceed 6 months or a fine not to exceed $1,000, or both. If you have any questions regarding FERPA you may contact; UT Austin Office of Institutional Compliance (512) 232-7055
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