This page provides information and resources for new and experienced advisors.

Resources for Advisors

FERPA Resource Links 

What Is FERPA?

FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment). Passed by Congress in 1974, the act grants four specific rights to the student:

  1. The right to see the information that the institution is keeping on the student
  2. The right to seek amendment to those records and in certain cases append a statement to the record
  3. The right to consent to disclosure of his/her records
  4. The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington

The Basic Rules

  • Student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student.
  • As a faculty or staff member you have a responsibility to protect educational records in your possession.
  • Some information is considered public (sometimes called "Directory Information"). This info can be released without the student's written permission. However, the student may opt to consider this info confidential as well. Directory Information is: your name, class standing, school/division, major field of study, dates of attendance, degrees and awards, recognized student activities, sports, athletics information, and current enrollment status; your address and telephone number are also public information unless you have filed a Registrar's form to keep these private.
  • You have access to information only for legitimate use in completion of your responsibilities as a university employee. "Need-to-know" is the basic principle.
  • If you are ever in doubt, do not release any information until you contact the Office of the Registrar at 260-481-6815 or The Office of the Registrar is responsible for student record information.