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FERPA TRAINING (Family Education Rights and Privacy Act)

What rights do parents have under FERPA?

FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children’s educational records.
  • - Rights transfer to the student upon reaching 18 years of age or attending any school beyond the secondary level.

When may a parent access a student’s educational records?

  • - A school may release information to a parent if the student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes, but the school is not required to do so.
  • - Access may be granted to both the parent who claims the student as well as the parent who is not claiming the student.

How can a parent access student information if the student is not being claimed by either parent for Federal income tax purposes?

  • - Parent can have access only if the student is willing to release information.
  • - Student/s must complete the Authorization of Release form (available in the Record’s Office) each time information is to be released.

A parent may access student information, but may not act on the student’s behalf except in emergency situations.


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