Student Privacy Rights for Students, Parents, and College Officials
FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974, the Act grants four specific rights to the eligible student*:
*ELIGIBLE STUDENT: When a student turns 18 years old, or attends a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents or guardians to the student. TCNJ defines students “in attendance” as being protected with FERPA rights beginning on the first day of the semester.
Just about any information provided by a student or created by the institution for use in the educational process is considered a student education record including:
The storage media in which you find this information does not matter. A student education record may be:
TCNJ considers the following as directory information and may release the following information upon request without the student’s consent:
**Period of time during which a student attends or attended TCNJ (e.g. Academic year, a spring semester). Does not include specific daily attendance records or class schedule.
A school official is defined as a person employed by the college in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position (including campus police, campus health providers, and student employees); a person or company with whom the college has contracted (such as an attorney, auditor, or collection agent); a person serving on the Board of Trustees; a student serving on an official school committee such as the all-college academic integrity board; or a person assisting another school official in performing his or her tasks. A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility.
**The new Auxiliary Access module now allows your student to give you access to Education Records, refer here for instructions on how to set up an Auxiliary Access account.
**Student can now give their parents, or authorized user, to view education records through their Auxiliary Access account. Faculty/Staff can authenticate this access through the instructions made available via the following link: Authenticating an Auxiliary User
FERPA permits the disclosure of a students’ education records, without consent of the student, if the disclosure meets certain conditions of the FERPA regulations. Except for disclosures to school officials, disclosures related to some judicial orders or lawfully issued subpoenas, disclosures of directory information, and disclosures to the student, FERPA regulations require the institution to record the disclosure. Eligible students have a right to inspect and review the record of disclosures. A postsecondary institution may disclose PII from the education records without obtaining prior written consent of the student –
Pursuant to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) TCNJ students will be notified of their rights annually via their TCNJ email account. Through the annual notification students are informed that FERPA permits the release of directory information without the prior written consent of the student. However, it provides only that directory information may be released. The College of New Jersey is not obligated by FERPA law to release directory information to any external party.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. These rights are: