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Privacy of Student Records and FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law which affords applicants and students certain rights with respect to their educational records. The intent of this law is to protect the privacy of students and their records. Visit the FERPA website for more information.


FERPA provides students the right to:

  • Inspect and review their education records
  • Request an amendment to their education records if they believe there is an inaccuracy
  • Restrict any or all information from public access
  • File a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office if they feel the University has failed to follow FERPA guidelines

FERPA provides precise guidelines regarding access to student information for parents, faculty, and staff. Maintaining confidentiality of education records is everyone's responsibility. The following links are provided to help you understand FERPA and how it relates to you:

A glossary of terms relating to student records and FERPA is also available.


 Please note, certain records may be removed from student files pursuant to the State of Florida Retention Schedule for Public Universities and Colleges (GS5).




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