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What is FERPA?

The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (“FERPA”) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Any educational institution receiving funds from any program administered by the U.S. Department of Education, must comply with FERPA.

Educational institutions are prohibited from releasing personally identifiable information contained in a student’s education records, to a third party unless the student provides consent, the release is permitted under one of FERPA’s exceptions to consent, or the information is considered Directory Information (as defined by each Registrar). FERPA also provides students the right to inspect and review their education records.

Each IU campus Registrar provides notification of students’ rights under FERPA and sets forth a FERPA policy.

For most routine questions regarding student education records, please contact your Registrar on your campus. If you receive a request for university records from the public, please contact the OVPGC. (See also Open Records Requests and Subpoenas.)

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