The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted in 1974. Click here for the FERPA Regulations.
The primary purpose of FERPA is to protect the privacy of student information. This protection is achieved by controlling access to and disclosure of students' "education records" as that term is defined in FERPA.
Faculty, staff, and administrative officers at UNC Charlotte are required by FERPA to treat education records confidentially.
Students may authorize the release of protected information by completing the Student Consent For Access to Education Records form.
Students also have the right, on request to the appropriate University official, to inspect and review their education records and to request that their records be amended.
FERPA Tutorial: Learn about protecting students' privacy rights with this tutorial for faculty and staff (uses PowerPoint; click to download and SAVE, then open to play automatically)