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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

Policy No: EM013

Policy Statement

FERPA (The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974) is a federal law that protects the privacy of personally identifiable information contained in student education records and establishes the rights of students to inspect and review their education records and, in certain circumstances, the right to request the record be amended. The law limits the rights of institutions to disclose education records or information contained in such records without the student’s written consent. There are exceptions when designated personnel within the institution may see the records in order to protect the health or safety of students or other persons. FERPA also requires that campuses notify students on an annual basis. The law also allows an eligible student to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning any failures by the Fashion Institute of Technology to comply with the federal requirements of the Act.

Who Should Read This Policy

  • All students
  • All employees

Policy Information

  • Responsible Administrator(s): Vice President for Enrollment Management and Student Success, and Director of Records and Registration
  • Responsible Office(s): Office of the Registrar
  • Implementation History: Issued 1974, Revised June 2015; Reviewed December 2015; Updated March 2016; February 2017
  • Contact(s): Director of the Registrars Office

View Official Policy 

EM013, FERPA (.pdf)
*This PDF document is the official version of this policy.