What are parental rights under FERPA?
FERPA gives certain rights to parents regarding their children's educational records. Rights transfer to the student upon:
- turning 18 years old, or
- attending any institution beyond the secondary school level.
When may parents access a student's educational record?
- If the student has signed used the Student Information Sharing page to assign their parents a PIN number and granted access to parents.
- If the student is claimed as a dependent for federal income tax purposes.
- In these instances, access is granted to both the parent claiming the student as well as the parent not claiming the student. Parents must complete the Parental Request for Educational Record Information form (available in the Registrar's Office).
How can parents access a student's educational record if the student (a) has not signed a parental release form and (b) is not being claimed by either parent for federal income tax purposes?
- Parents can have access only if the student is willing to release information.
- Students must complete the Student Consent for Release of Records form (available in the Registrar's Office) each time information is to be released.
A parent may access student information but may not act on the student's behalf except in emergency situations.
* Adapted with permission from the University of North Texas FERPA Training.