What is FERPA?

Once a student is in college, all of the rights of FERPA transfer to the student and UNL must protect that educational record. UNL can share directory information, provided the student has not restricted it. Directory information includes:  name, local address, permanent address, telephone number, year at the University, dates of attendance, academic college and major field of study, enrollment status (undergraduate/graduate, full-time/part-time), participation in officially recognized activities/sports, degrees, honors and awards received and most recent educational agency or institution attended.

FERPA gives students four basic rights with their educational record:

  1. Control disclosure of educational record
  2. Review educational record
  3. Request amendment of inaccurate or misleading portions of their educational record
  4. Right to file a complaint regarding non-compliance of FERPA with the Family Policy Compliance Office of the U.S. Department of Education.

What does it all mean?

Some common uses of student information are:
  • Publishing student names on college dean's lists.
  • A list of graduating students published in the newspaper.
  • Occasionally, third party vendors request student or prospective graduate listings to provide information and services.
Examples of how FERPA protects students...

What information can be shared without students' permission?

UNL can share students' directory information.  Students can change their privacy (FERPA) option online through MyRED.

Students can allow parents and others access to their educational record by logging into MyRED and selecting the Parent/Guest Access link at the top of the main page, and then follow the instructions in TrueYou. 

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