The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (1974) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and is enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education (FPCO). Essentially, the act states that:
- “Students” must be permitted to inspect their own “education records” and
- “School officials” may not disclose personally identifiable information about a student without written permission from the student.
Specifically, FERPA governs:
- The disclosure of education records maintained by an educational institution; and
- Access to these records
- Notification by the institution to students of their FERPA rights
FERPA only affect students, who are defined as: a person, who attains the age of 18, or who attends Norwich University regardless of age, who is enrolled in a Norwich University credit or non-credit course.
Education Records are defined as: records, handwritten or in any media, (including conduct records) that are directly related to a student and maintained by Norwich University, or by a party acting for the institution.