The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) 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 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.

FIT takes various measures to protect personal data, including fulfilling its obligations under federal, state, and local law, as well as under the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) to the extent it is applicable. The GDPR provides protections for various information and records while a person is located in the EU. FIT provides notice to students, employees, and website users of what type of data FIT processes and how and why that data is used and shared through information posted on the GDPR page of FIT’s Privacy website. Please review the applicable notice(s) carefully. The privacy website also contains useful information about other privacy policies and terms and conditions for the use of the FIT website and social media.

» FIT Official Policy on FERPA