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The Essense of the Act

The foundation of the law is two-fold: students must be permitted to inspect their own education records, and school employees may not disclose personally identifiable information about students without their written permission.

Under FERPA there are exceptions for releasing student information. These exceptions will be addressed later in training.

Key Points:

  • College students must be permitted to inspect their own education records.
  • School officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students nor permit inspection of their records without their written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by the Act.

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