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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Student Tutorial

The purpose of this student tutorial is to inform students of their basic rights under FERPA.

What is FERPA?
  • The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy rights of student records.
  • FERPA is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education.
Students' Rights under FERPA:
  • To inspect and review their education records.
  • To be informed about what the College has designated as directory information.
  • To request that the institution not disclose directory information items about them.
  • To have some control over the disclosure of information in their education records.
  • To seek to amend their education records.
  • To a hearing if the request for an amendment is unsatisfactory.
  • To file a complaint with the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act Office, Department of Education, if Owens Community College violates the FERPA.
Whose records are protected?
  • Current students
  • Former students

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