What is FERPA?
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 (FIT or the college) to comply with the federal requirements of the Act.