Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Summary, from the U.S. Department of Education:

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are “eligible students.”

For more information on FERPA, please visit the UCCS Office of the Registrar’s FERPA page. Additionally, you may also visit the Department of Education’s FERPA page.

Affected areas: All employees with access to student information.

For assistance with interpreting FERPA, contact the Registrar’s Office at 719-255-3361 or

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