Introduction and Training Goals


This online training module is designed to provide you with information regarding the law and how it affects you as a University employee. In this module you’ll see example scenarios of different situations that may occur when addressing requests for student information.

Privacy and confidentiality of personal and educational information is not a new concept in the academic setting. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) provides specific guidelines for protecting the information in student education records.

In this module we examine what we currently do in the work environment to ensure information confidentiality and privacy, and highlight where FERPA strengthens our current University practices. We want to equip you with enough tools to protect the University and yourself against the liability of improper use or disclosure of protected student information to another party.

After completing this online training, if you encounter a situation where you are uncertain about how to respond to a request for protected student information, or to report a potential breach, please contact your Registrar’s Office.

The material presented in this module comes from the American Association of Collegiate Registrars (AACRAO).

This training has four goals:

  1. To increase your knowledge and understanding of what is protected student information and how to ensure its privacy.
  2. To define your role and responsibility for assisting the University in following the FERPA guidelines and reporting any violations.
  3. To enhance your understanding of FERPA and how to protect the confidentiality of student education records by following University and FERPA guidelines.
  4.  To provide resources about FERPA and protected student information