What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children’s education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records.

When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student (“eligible student”). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99.

St. Thomas University, in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), assures the confidentiality of student educational records. Students have the right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of submitting a written request to the Registrar’s Office at the School of Law.

A third party may be given information about a student’s academic record only with the written consent of the student with certain exceptions. For further information, please select from the links below.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA General Guidance for Students