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Understanding the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student’s education record.
FERPA prohibits any University from disclosing information from that record without the written consent of the student.
Due to FERPA, advisors are restricted by law in what they can - and cannot - tell a parent or guardian.
Advisors want to establish a close working relationship with students. It is important for students to trust their advisers with their information so their needs can be expressed, supported, and met.
Advisors are obligated by Federal Law to keep information confidential, except in emergency situations.
Please note that parents and guardians are not restricted in the information that they can share with advisors in regards to issues going on at home or at school.
If there are issues at home affecting a student’s academic progress, it helps for the advisor to know this so he/she can provide support for the student here.
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