FERPA Training

Parents Rights

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What rights do parents have under FERPA?

  • FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children’s educational records.

    • Rights transfer to the student

      • upon reaching 18 years of age or

      • attending any school beyond the secondary level.

  • When may a parent access a student’s educational records?

    • Law allows parental access if student is claimed as a dependent for Federal income tax purposes.

    • Access is granted to both the parent who claims the student as well as the parent who is not claiming the student.

    • Parent must complete Parental Request for Academic Information (available in the Office of the Registrar) each time information is requested.

  • How can a parent access student information if the student is not being claimed by either parent for Federal income tax purposes?

    • Parent can have access only if the student is willing to release information.

    • Student must complete Student Consent for Release of Records (available in the Office of the Registrar) each time information is to be released. 

  • A parent may access student information but may not act on the student’s behalf except in emergency situations.

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This page last updated 16th Nov 2012