What is FERPA?

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. In general, the law:

  1. Restricts the ability of UO personnel to release information from student education records;
  2. Provides students with a right of access to their student records; and
  3. Enables students to request corrections of inaccurate information in their records.

Under FERPA, the definition of "education records" is broad. It includes records directly related to a student that are maintained by the UO or a party acting for the UO. All UO personnel are responsible for complying with FERPA's confidentiality requirements. More information about FERPA rights and obligations, including sample release forms, can be found on the university registrar's website.