The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Parents or eligible students have:
- The right to inspect and review the student’s education records maintained by the school;
- The right to request that a school correct records which they believe to be inaccurate or misleading;
- The right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained within the student’s education records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent. Schools may disclose records, without consent, to the following parties or under the following conditions:
- School officials with a legitimate educational interest as defined in detail on the Records Office website under “Disclosure of Educational Records” within the “Student Records” information;
- Other schools to which a student is transferring;
- To comply with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
- The right to file a complaint concerning alleged failure by Alfred State to comply with the requirements of FERPA. Written complaints may be addressed to the Family Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Ave. SW, Washington, DC 20202-4605.
- The right to obtain a copy of Alfred State's student records policy. A complete copy of this policy and a complete copy of the FERPA Law are available at www.alfredstate.edu under the link to current students and then Records Office.