FERPA: How to Protect Student Privacy

Course Description:

Privacy rights are a hot-button issue, and schools have a lot of sensitive data about their students. This course explains the provisions of FERPA and what is required of you to comply. By the time the session is over, you will be able to explain why FERPA is important, recount basic terminology and concepts associated with the law, understand the rights of parents and eligible students and how to uphold those rights, identify what information schools can and cannot disclose, and follow recordkeeping requirements. Duration: 21 minutes.

Course Duration: 21 minutes

Why “FERPA: How to Protect Student Privacy” Matters:

In a constantly changing environment, it’s increasingly critical that your school’s faculty and staff receive FERPA training so they are prepared to protect students’ privacy to avoid discrimination, identity theft, or malicious and damaging acts; understand who has the right to access or modify a student’s education records; and learn to carefully balance privacy and safety. If someone gives the wrong sensitive information to the wrong person or organization, your school could face aggressive legal action and bad publicity and even risk losing federal funding.

Key Points:

FERPA safeguards the privacy of personally identifiable information (PII) by making it illegal to improperly disclose data from student education records.  ** The law applies to all educational agencies and institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the U.S. Department of Education. **  FERPA affords eligible students certain rights with regard to their education records. **  Schools are responsible for understanding and enforcing the provisions of the law.

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