FERPA: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is a federal law legislated in 1974. The law protects the privacy of student education records. All educational institutions that receive federal funding must comply with FERPA.

If you’re a student, it’s important for you to understand your rights under FERPA. If you’re a parent, you’ll need to understand how the law applies once your student enters a postsecondary institution. If you’re an employee of St. Edward’s University with access to student education records, you’re obligated to comply with FERPA and to protect those records according to the law. Please review the following FERPA details and guidelines.