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FERPA Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of students. The law assigns the student as the owner of his/her educational record and provides guidelines on how the educational institution is to use and release protected information. This insures that information such as the student’s grades, academic standing, and course schedule are not public information and that the student controls who has access to this information. This law also requires the educator to grant the students access to their personal records.

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FERPA allows the public to have access to university defined directory information. The University of Nebraska defines the following student data as directory information:

  • Student name
  • Local address
  • Permanent address
  • Telephone listings
  • Year at the University
  • Dates of attendance
  • Academic college and major field of study
  • Enrollment status (undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time)
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Degrees, honors and awards received
  • Most recent educational agency or institution attended
Directory information will be available to the public upon request and may be included in student directories published electronically.
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The University of Nebraska is restricted to only providing access to student directory information. All other information: grades, academic standing, course schedule, etc.., are restricted to the student and those to whom the student grants access.