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College students (especially freshmen) may still seem very
young to their parents. That's why it may come as a shock that in
the eyes of the law, they're adults. Even more startling: with that
status comes new adult rights. One of these is the right to privacy
where their educational records are concerned. These rights have
been clarified under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA).
FERPA requires colleges and universities to make educational
records accessible to students. It also protects the privacy of
these records. The term "educational records" includes:
The extent of FERPA's powers may surprise you, but it's important
you understand them. This quick quiz will help. Read the following
statements. Decide if a statement is true or false. Check your
answers below. (You may find it convenient to print out this
The Health Insurance Portability and
Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) is another
privacy protection law you should be aware of. It limits access to
patient medical records and means that medical information is
confidential. It may be disclosed only with the written consent of
the student. Last, if the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
(FAFSA) was filed by your student or someone else, and not by you,
the information on it is also confidential.
For more information on FERPA, HIPAA and other privacy issues,
contact Student Affairs.