The Family Educational Rights And Privacy

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FERPA The Family Educational Rights and Privacy (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), which is also referred to as the Buckley Amendment, was established in 1974. It is a Federal law, which protects the privacy of student records as well as provide provisions for educational institutions to follow in the handling of those records. According to the United States Department of Education, “The term "education records" is defined as those records that contain information directly related to a student and which are maintained by an educational agency or institution or by a party acting for the agency or institution. (U.S. Department of Education, 2015) The Family Policy Compliance Office specifies that any schools that receive funds…show more content…
This could come in the form of a school newsletter, student handbook, a letter sent home or information posted on the school’s website. In addition to the notification of parents and students, schools are required to maintain records efficiently and make provisions for parents or students to inspect or review their records at any time. This includes having a record-keeping system in place that describes in detail a way for parents to access their child’s records. Furthermore, each child’s file must have a record of access that must be signed by any staff member that withdraws the student’s file. In accordance with section 99.10(c), “schools must also respond to parents with reasonable requests for explanation and interpretations of records.”(34 CFR § 99.10) (c) Students and parents are given the right to waive their access to student records in certain circumstances as well as the right to challenge any information on their record that they feel is inaccurate, misleading or a violation of their privacy or other rights. If the institution is not willing to remove the material that is being challenged then the parent has to request a hearing. The Family Policy Compliance Office states “The educational institution or agency must provide parent or eligible student notice of the date, time and place of the hearing reasonably and in advance of the hearing.” (FPCO, 2015) Also, the
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