Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act »

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) regulates the keeping and dissemination of student education records at all institutions that receive federal funds or who have students receiving federal funds. Procedures must be in place to allow a student or the parents of dependent students access to student records. Consent must be obtained to release student records to a third party, with certain exceptions contained in the law. Directory information may be released without permission of the student unless the student has specifically requested that said information not be released. Information which may not be released as directory information includes social security number, race/ethnicity or gender. Each member of the Texas A&M University System must have its own policy as to what constitutes directory information, and notify students of same. Students must be granted a hearing to challenge information in a record they believe is incorrect. Students must be informed of their rights under this law.