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FERPA: May vs. Must

Let's hear from Helen Garret, Registrar at the University of Washington, as she discusses the difference between May vs. Must with regards to FERPA.



FERPA Basics

  • FERPA is an acronym for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.
  • FERPA is a federal law.
  • FERPA protects the privacy of a student's educational records.
  • FERPA gives parents certain rights over their children's educational records, such as the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records.
  • When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student.
  • Everyone at the college needs to understand FERPA as it applies to their role.
  • How does FERPA apply to you? To your role? 
  • What are your FERPA challenges? 
  • What are your biggest FERPA training concerns? 
  • How can we help?
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Author: Helen Garrett
May 15, 2019

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