Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that affords parents the right to have access to their children's education records, the right to seek to have the records amended, and the right to have some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information from the education records. When a student turns 18 years old, or enters a postsecondary institution at any age, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student ("eligible student"). The FERPA statute is found at 20 U.S.C. § 1232g and the FERPA regulations are found at 34 CFR Part 99. For more detailed information, visit the US Department of Education's website at: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
In Addition: As noted above, the rights under FERPA transfer from the parents to the student, once the student turns 18 years old or enters a postsecondary institution at any age. However, although the rights under FERPA have now transferred to the student, a school may disclose information from an "eligible student's" education records to the parents of the student, without the student's consent, if the student is a dependent for tax purposes. Neither the age of the student nor the parent's status as a custodial parent is relevant. If a student is claimed as a dependent by either parent for tax purposes, then either parent may have access under this provision.
If you feel a violation of your FERPA rights has occurred, you may submit a copy of the FERPA Parent Complaint Form. You may DOWNLOAD
and print the form to be submitted or call the following number to have one mailed to you: 678-947-0863 ext. 312252 (leave your complete name and mailing address). A response to your concern will be sent to you within 10 business days from the time in which your form was received.