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Family Educational Rights and 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 and prohibits the 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 can’t tell a parent or guardian. Advisors want to establish a close working relationship with students. It is important that the students don’t feel that their advisors will run to their parents with everything that they hear. Advisors are responsible for keeping information confidential except in emergency situations.

Parents and guardians, however, 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.

The Office of the Registrar has information regarding student records that includes a link to a downloadable brochure, the official University policy and a FERPA quiz.

Indiana University – Purdue University Fort Wayne has a very useful website with FERPA information.