FERPA Overview

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. ยง 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of students' educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. Students have specific, protected rights regarding the release of such records, and FERPA requires that institutions adhere strictly to these guidelines.

FERPA guidelines protect students by guarding against the release of their records without their consent. Each semester, The Florida State University publishes information for students and the public regarding their rights and the protection of their educational records under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended.

This document is an educational tool for the faculty and staff of Florida State University. As employees of the university community, we must work together to maintain our students' privacy and at all times remain in compliance with federal law. If after reading this document you have outstanding questions about FERPA guidelines, please contact The Office of the University Registrar at registrar@fsu.edu.

The Office of the Registrar wishes to thank the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers, the Federal Department of Education, and the National Association of College and University Attorneys for their contributions to this website.

FSU Contacts

Kimberly Barber, University Registrar kabarber@fsu.edu

Robin Queen, Associate Registrar rqueen@fsu.edu

Records/Data Requests esinfo@fsu.edu

Faculty and Staff References