The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (F.E.R.P.A.), also known as the Buckley Amendment, protects the privacy of student records. This Act provides students the right to inspect and review education records, the right to seek to amend those records, and to limit the disclosure of information from the records. Under FERPA colleges and universities have up to 45 days to comply with a request from a student to view their records.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act strictly limits parental access to the educational records of their University-enrolled children. Judson University intends to comply fully with this Act. However, FERPA guidelines do allow students to voluntarily surrender some of their privacy rights.
As a result, while Judson recognizes the legitimate interest of parents, guardians, and spouses to consult with professional staff about the academic and personal well-being of their students, the University cannot do so without a written release signed by the student. Each letter of release should be as specific as possible, specifying what information can be released, to whom it can be released and who at Judson is being authorized to release the specific information.
For more information FERPA, please contact the Office of Registration and Records or visit the Department of Education website at http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html