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When Do FERPA Rights Begin and End for a Student?

FERPA rights actually begin for students when they begin attending an institution. Attendance means a student is officially registered for at least one class and that class has started.

Student's rights continue to be protected under FERPA even after they have left the institution, until their death.

Key Points:

  • Rights begin when the student is "in attendance" as defined by the institution:
    -A student is officially registered for at least one class and that class has started.
  • FERPA rights are terminated only upon death of the student.

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