Student Rights FERPA
Student Rights Under FERPA
- financial records of parents.
- confidential letters of recommendation with access right waived.
- notes made by and remaining in the sole possession of the maker.
Eligible Student - 18 years of age or enrolled in higher education.
FERPA FAQ’s (Frequently Asked Questions)
FERPA requires that students 18 years of age or older, or those enrolling in a higher education institution, provide a signed release for the institution to provide information about them beyond Directory Information. Parents of a dependent child may request information by providing documentation that the student is dependent upon them.
You should contact the campus security office, the Registrar’s Office, or the student’s advisor. Clearly state this is an emergency situation and provide necessary details. They will relay a message to the student. Although the information cannot be released directly to you, reasonable efforts will be made by the campus community to ensure prompt delivery to the student.
FERPA states a student has access to his/her academic record, however, the institution may choose not to release a record to a third party until a financial obligation is met (if the institution has such a policy in effect). This may include the release of an official transcript to anyone. You should resolve your financial obligation to the institution so you will be cleared to review your record. The exception to this is if the student has filed bankruptcy and has been released of any financial obligation to the institution by the court.
FERPA allows students to refuse to release information for any or all categories of directory information by submitting a written request.
Most likely, you signed a waiver of access form and thus waived your right to view the recommendation. You cannot change your mind now. The privacy of the recommenders’ comments is secure. A waiver of access, however, is voluntary and cannot be required when submitting recommendations.
As we move toward an environment with less paper, it is important to note that the same principles of confidentiality must be applied to all media, including but not limited to, electronic data, e-mail, and video or audio tapes.