What is FERPA?
FERPA stands for the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 . This law protects the privacy of student education records from kindergarten through graduate school. FERPA applies to all schools that receive funds through an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education, and thus most postsecondary schools are covered by FERPA.
Once at LMU, ownership of the record passes from the parents and/or guardians directly to the student. The security of student records is a concern for the entire LMU Community. Please take the time to acquaint yourself with the role all of us have in understanding the need for and protecting the right of the student to confidentiality of records.
FERPA requires that education records be kept confidential. Records may be disclosed with the consent of the student, if the disclosure meets one of the statutory exemptions, or if the disclosure is directory information and the student has not placed a hold on release of directory information. Students have a right of access to their records (but not necessarily the right to a copy of the record) and a right to request the correction of records that are inaccurate or misleading. If the school denies this request for correction of a record, the student may request a hearing.
Institutions must give students annual notice of their rights under this law, and most institutions accomplish this by having a published student record policy. The statute defines the phrase "education record" broadly as "those records, files documents, and other materials which 1) contain information directly related to a student; and 2) are maintained by an educational institution. Digital records are covered by FERPA.
These pages introduce the basic concepts of security of student records as it applies to the three constituent groups:
For further information about FERPA, please use the following links
Condensed Version of the Institutional Policy for Compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended
Family Policy Compliance Office, Department of Education