The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted by Congress in order to protect the privacy of students and their parents. FERPA is designed to ensure that students and parents of students may obtain access to the student’s educational records and challenge the content or release of such records to third parties. This article summarizes the key points of FERPA, highlights how career services practitioners can ensure that their educational institutions are in compliance with FERPA’s requirements, and addresses the recently proposed regulatory changes to FERPA.
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