What is FERPA and how does it protect a student's privacy?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. 

How does this affect parents?

UGA employees may not discuss a student's information with the student's parent, partner, or any other person whether over the phone or in person without a signed consent form** from the student. Further, if the student has placed a restriction on the disclosure of directory (public) information, UGA employees will not even be able to disclose that the student is or has been enrolled at UGA. For more information, please visit:

**Students who wish to allow a friend or family member access to their records or permission to attend an advising appointment should fill out and give their advising office a BUCKLEY WAIVER. A new waiver must be filled out each academic term.


updated 11.08.2018 askfranklin@uga.edu