FERPA and Release of Information
Summary of FERPA
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) gives parents access to students education records and protects individual privacy rights by limiting the availability of student information without parental consent if the student is over the age of 18.
Consequences of FERPA
- FERPA prevents parents of students over the age of 18 from accessing the student's information without the consent of the student.
- FERPA regulations prevent school administrators from divulging information regarding a specific student to anyone else but the student and in emergency situations, certain personnel.
Disability Student Services cannot send or receive records to/from outside agencies without the express, written consent of the student.
Depending on the situation, we may not be able to discuss student needs/accommodations with your parents without the student's consent.
Release of Information
Students who wish to get a personal copy of their records from the Office of Disability Services must make the request in writing. The records will be ready for the student to pick up within three to five business days from the time the written request is received by the Office of Disability Services.
No confidential information will be released to a third party unless by written consent of the student. This may be accomplished by the signing of a release form by the student.
A consent form is included in the application for services. If there is any concern or question, contact the Office of Disability Services.
Copies of academic records can be requested through the Registrar's Office.