The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, is a federal law that protects the privacy and confidentiality of personally identifiable information contained within student education records. The University of Kentucky complies with FERPA's confidentiality protections and adheres to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information recommended by the American Association of Collegiate Registrars and Admissions Officers. This law applies to K-12 as well as postsecondary education and is commonly known as the Buckley Amendment.

For more information on FERPA, go to Office of the Registrar - FERPA.

FAQs Related to FERPA

What are the laws regarding the confidentiality of a student's education records? (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that establishes rules and regulations regarding access to and disclosure of a student’s education records. The University also maintains a  student records policy. The University is required to comply with FERPA’s confidentiality protections and to adhere to procedures dealing with student education records and directory information. 

What are “education records” under FERPA?

 FERPA defines “education records” to include all the records maintained by an educational institution that directly relate to a current or former student. FERPA’s definition of education record is interpreted broadly to include written, electronic, video, audio and photographs.

Can the University disclose the contents of my education record without my consent?

Generally, a college or univerity that receives federal funding cannot disclose education records to anyone other than the student (including the student’s parents), without the student’s written permission. However, FERPA does establish several exceptions that allow an institution to disclose education records without the student’s prior written consent.

Can I obtain a copy of my own education records?

Yes. FERPA gives students the right to inspect and obtain a copy of their own educational records. You may be charged a fee covering the cost of copying, but not the search or retrieval of the records.