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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is  a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable  information contained within student education records.

In addition to state library privacy laws, a Federal statute - FERPA covers student records at colleges and universities. FERPA prohibits the release of student records without the express written consent of the student involved. Although FERPA does not specially mention library records, many institutions have interpreted the statue as including library records.

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Fact Sheets

Privacy in Education:Guide for Parents and Adult - Age Students

   School records contain highly sensitive information, even information about the family. The contents of student files are likely to have an impact on the overall educational experience of students. That is why it is wise for parents and adult-age students to be informed about laws and policies that govern student information.

Online Privacy FAQ

   It provides answers to questions that we are often asked by individuals who contact us concerning online privacy and safety.

Paper or Plastic: What Have You Got to Lose?

   Once you decide to buy something, you then must determine how to pay for it. Do you hand over cash? Write a check? Pay with a credit card? Or use a debit card and have the payment automatically deducted from your bank account?

Fact Sheets . (n.d.). | Privacy Rights Clearinghouse. Retrieved August 4, 2014, from

FERPA at the University of Kentucky

The University of Kentucky complies with FERPA's confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information  recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and  Admissions Officers. This law applies to K-12 as well as post-secondary  education and is commonly known as the Buckley Amendment.

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Student Privacy 101

Student Privacy 101:  FERPA for Parents and Students from the U.S. Department of Education

Student Privacy

Electronic Privacy Information Center

Students do not shed all of their rights at the schoolhouse gate, including the right to privacy. The most prominent of the federal protections for student privacy is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the "Buckley Amendment," FERPA protects the confidentiality of student records to some extent, while also giving students the right to review their own records.

EPIC - Electronic Privacy Information Center. (n.d.). Retrieved August 3, 2014, from