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Legitimate Educational Interest

Legitimate educational interest is defined as the need to review an education record in order for a university official to carry out his or her responsibilities in order to: perform an administrative task outlined in the official’s duties; perform a supervisory or instructional task directly related to the student’s education; or perform service or benefit for the student such as health care, student job placement, or student financial aid.

Key Points:

Legitimate educational interest is the need to know in order to:

  • Perform an administrative task outlined in the official's duties
  • Perform a supervisory or instructional task directly related to the student’s education
  • Perform a service or benefit for the student such as health care, student job placement, or student financial aid

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