Faculty members proposing to use information obtained from student records in research should familiarize themselves with FERPA regulations, which govern the disclosure of student record information.
The following information is taken from the FERPA Online Tutorial at https://campustraining.kennesaw.edu/, which was published by the KSU Office of the Registrar as part of their FERPA Awareness Campaign launched in April 2011. Click here for a copy of the tutorial transcript.
What is FERPA?
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), is a federal law that sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student educational records. Student records are considered confidential and information therein should not be disclosed without written student consent unless the disclosure meets one of the FERPA exceptions.
In order to ensure FERPA regulations are met, researchers should be fully aware of what constitutes a student educational record and when student written consent is required.