Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Federal Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. 123g) and regulations adopted thereunder (34 C.F.R. 99) set out requirements designed to protect the privacy rights of students concerning their records maintained on campus. Specifically, the statute and regulations govern access to student records and the release of such records. In brief, the law provides that the campus must offer students access to records directly related to the student and the opportunity for a hearing to challenge such records on the grounds that they are inaccurate, misleading or otherwise inappropriate. The right to a hearing under FERPA does not include any right to challenge the appropriateness of a grade as determined by the instructor. The law generally requires that written consent of the student be received before releasing personally identifiable information about the student from records other than a specified list of exceptions. Copies of the policy and implementing procedures in total are available for review in the Office of the Dean of Students.

A Federal office and review board have been established by the Department of Education to investigate and adjudicate complaints and violations. The office designated for this purpose is the Family Policy and Regulations Office, U.S. Department of Education, 330 “C” Street, Washington, DC 20202 [Telephone: (202) 732-1807].

For the full text of American Jewish University’s policies related to FERPA, please see Current Students > FERPA