Data Privacy and Security Training

FERPA

FERPA Compliance Training

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted in 1974. Administered by the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Compliance Office, FERPA is a group of regulations that applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funding under any program administered by the DOE, so FERPA compliance is an important matter.

The original Act, sponsored by Senator James Buckley of New York, (often called the Buckley Act) provided parents with the right to review, refute, and in some cases, amend their child’s file. FERPA laws transfer the parent’s rights to the child when they reach age 18 and/or are enrolled in post-secondary education.

Why is FERPA training needed for all faculty and staff?

It is critical that your school’s faculty and staff receive FERPA training so they understand who has the right to access or modify a student’s records. For staff and administrators who have access to student records, FERPA compliance may be a job requirement. The topics covered by our FERPA training should provide a strong record of FERPA compliance, and staff who complete the training may receive FERPA certification, depending on your institution's guidelines.

FERPA training details how the Act offers privacy protection for student records, by providing students and their parents the right to:
  • Inspect and review educational records
  • Refute or amend student records
  • Consent to disclose personal and educational information
  • File a complaint with the Department of Education (DOE)

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  • Educates higher education employees about their responsibility to maintain confidentiality of student information and records.
  • Prepares employees to recognize protected student information and imparts methods to maintain confidentiality.
  • Identifies rights and responsibilities of parents, students, faculty, staff and school administration.
  • Describes when student records may and may not be disseminated.
  • Emphasizes importance of confidentiality to protect students’ privacy.
  • Identifies and defines the people and groups affected by FERPA.
  • Includes a comprehensive overview of FERPA, including interaction of other laws with FERPA.
  • Explores in depth the types of student information protected by FERPA.
  • Provides guidance on proper method of posting students’ grades and test results.
  • Illustrates responsibility of educational institutions to provide required annual notices.
  • Distinguishes between “directory information” and “student records,” and thoroughly outlines how FERPA applies to these two types of student information.
  • Gives real life examples of how FERPA is applied in higher education institutions.

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