What is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)?

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What is FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act)?

Advisors are restricted by Federal Law (Federal Educational Rights and Privacy Act) from releasing any information about a student’s class schedule, grades, transcripts, advising checklist, or other specific information to a third party (outside of OSU) without written permission from the student.

Faculty/staff (pdf) are able to access student records as needed to fulfil one’s employment responsibilities; there must be a “legitimate educational interest,” which generally entails working directly with the student for whom information was requested.

Access to student information does not permit disclosure of information to a third party without a student’s written permission.

The Permission to Release Education Records form may be obtained through the Advising Office or from the Access to Records page on the Registrar's website. This form must be in the student’s file to allow any information to be released.

For more information please contact the Office of the Registrar at 541-737-4331.

Last Modified
Aug. 16, 2021