The Family Policy Compliance Office is excited to announce the launch  of the new Student Privacy Website! This new website replaces both the Privacy Technical Assistance Center’s and the Family Policy Compliance Office’s sites.  The Student Privacy Website can be found at:  https://studentprivacy.ed.gov. Be sure to update your bookmarks accordingly!

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Welcome to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) page for school officials at public elementary and secondary schools,  most public and private postsecondary institutions, and for State education officials.  This page contains information and resources geared  to educate and inform these officials of their obligations under FERPA.  FERPA generally does not apply to most private elementary and secondary schools, as they do not typically receive U.S. Department of Education funding.  FERPA provides that educational agencies and institutions that receive U.S. Department of Education funds may not have a policy or practice of denying parents and eligible students of the  right to:

  • Inspect and review education records within 45 days of a request
  • Seek to amend education records believed to be inaccurate; and
  • Click here to view The Dear Colleague Letter on Protecting Student Medical RecordsConsent to the disclosure of personally identifiable information from education records,
    except as specified by law.

Educational agencies and institutions also must annually notify parents and eligible students of their rights under FERPA.  They must also notify parents and eligible students of the educational agencies’ or institutions’ directory information policy, if they have one.   Educational agencies and institutions must comply with FERPA’s recordation and redisclosure provisions and other provisions under FERPA. 

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In addition, State education officials who have access to student information must understand their roles and responsibilities under FERPA to protect that information and uphold the parent and eligible student’s right to privacy under FERPA.

FPCO recognizes that school officials at the elementary and secondary school levels may have different FERPA-related challenges and questions than those school officials at the postsecondary level.  Thus, the resources and FAQs found here are, where appropriate, organized to address your unique FERPA questions and issues. 

If after reviewing the FAQs and other resources provided you are unable to find the answer to your question, you may submit your question here.