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University of Wisconsin-Marshfield / Wood County

What is FERPA?

FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records and to establish students' right to view their records at any time. It provides guidelines for students to correct erroneous data through academic hearings.

FERPA provides the following:

  • Students have the right to inspect their own records maintained by the University.
  • Students can request, in writing, that the University correct educational records that the student believes are erroneous.
  • The university cannot release information about students, or share a student's records, without written permission, unless covered by exceptions listed in the Buckley Act.

The University is allowed to share "directory information." Under the Buckley Act, directory information includes:

  • Name, Address, email address, telephone listing
  • Field of Study
  • Weight and height of Athletes
  • Most recent previous school attended
  • Photographs
  • Date and place of birth
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Dates of attendance, degrees and awards

If the student completes and submits the Student Release of Information Form to Student Services, student record information can then be released to parents and other third parties.

For more information, visit the U.S. Department of Education Web site or the UW Colleges FERPA site.