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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law designed to

  • Protect the privacy of education records,
  • Establish the rights of students to inspect and review their education records, and
  • Provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data within education records.

 

The essence of FERPA:

  • College students must be permitted to inspect and review their own education records.
  • School officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students nor permit inspection of their records without written permissions unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by FERPA.

 

UC and UCSB policy guiding principles:

When law and policy are silent on student records, use and access are to be guided by two principles:
  • Privacy of an individual is of great weight, and
  • The information in a student’s files should be disclosed to the student on request within a reasonable timeframe.