Schools receiving funds from United States Department of Education programs are required to protect student education records*.
Rice Law attorneys provide consultation and guidance to colleges and universities regarding Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) requirements and compliance for:
*According to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA; 20 U.S.C. 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99).
Accessing student records
Upon request, schools must allow parents and eligible students to inspect and review the student's education records.
Correcting to student records
If the parents and student believe there is an inaccuracy or misleading information in the records, they can request that the school correct the student's records. A formal hearing is required if the school chooses not to amend the records. However, the school can still decide to not amend the records after the hearing. If such case, the parents or student can place a statement in their record detailing their point of view.
Releasing education records
FERPA allows schools to disclose a student's educational records, without parental or student consent, to the following:
FERPA requires that schools communicate the directory information to parents and eligible students, allowing them to request nondisclosure of the student's information. The means of communication isn't specified in FERPA; each school is allowed to notify parents and students in the way they see fit.