What is FERPA?
In 1974, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act was established to protect the privacy of student records. The act guarantees students the right to review their education records, the right to seek to amend their educational record and the right to file a complaint against an institution if they feel that their FERPA rights have been violated. Once a student graduates from high school and enters an institution of higher education, he/she is considered an adult. As such, each student may determine whether to allow his/her parents access to his/her education records. Unless he/she has signed a waiver allowing information to be shared with his/her parents, the institution is not permitted to share information with parents, or any other third party listed on the USF authorization for release form. On this form, the student must authorize specific departments to release information and determine the type of information that may be released.
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