Let’s Talk Privacy: FERPA Resources

Retrieved from:http://registrar.berkeley.edu/academic-policies-procedures/ferpa

Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) and provisions of state law relating to public records disclosure, the University of California Policies Applying to the Disclosure of Information from Student Records and the Berkeley Campus' implementation of that policy assure Berkeley students the following rights:

  • To inspect and review their student records.
  • To have withheld from public disclosure, absent their prior consent, personally identifiable information from their student records.
  • To inspect records maintained by campus offices concerning disclosure of confidential information from their student records.
  • To seek corrections of their records through a request to amend the records, or a request for a hearing to challenge the content of their records, or to include a written statement therein.
  • To file complaints with the Office of the Chancellor or with the U.S. Department of Education regarding violations of the rights accorded by federal law or University policy.

Campus policy defines "public records" which may be released without prior student consent, describes the record access rights of applicants who have not been admitted or enrolled at the Berkeley campus, and describes the conditions under which students may waive the right of access to their records.

Do you know the answers to these questions? If not, do you know where to find the answers?

What are student records?

What aren’t student records?

What can be disclosed to the student?

Are students prohibited from accessing certain of their own student records?

What can be disclosed to third parties (including parents and spouses)?

What information is considered to be public information at UC Berkeley?

What information is considered confidential at UC Berkeley?

How do I order a paper copy of your FERPA policies?

Required Training for all staff accessing student records: Privacy of Student Records: Are You Revealing Too Much? (FERPA) eCourse BERIG003

For all FERPA Inquiries

UC Berkeley Office of the Registrar

Other FERPA Resources


Policies Applying to the Disclosure of Information from Student Records

US Department of Education


FERPA General Guidance for Students

FERPA General Guidance for Parents

Information for students is also available at Cal Student Central


FERPA Resource links

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Got a particularly complex FERPA question? Who is the campus FERPA Compliance Officer and how do you contact them?