Understanding the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) as amended

•FERPA is a federal law, also known as the Buckley Amendment.

•It protects the privacy of a student’s education records.

•FERPA applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the Secretary of Education, including Shenandoah University.

Shenandoah is committed to protecting the privacy of your student’s education records.

Under FERPA, students have the following rights:

  1. The right to inspect and review their education records within 45 days of the day the university receives a request for access.
  2. The right to request an amendment to any education records the student believes are inaccurate or misleading, and the right to request a hearing if the request to correct an alleged inaccuracy is denied. This is different from disputing a grade received in a class which entails a different appeals procedure.


Parental access rights under FERPA can be summarized as follows:

At the post secondary level, parents have no inherent rights to inspect their student’s educational records; the right to inspect is limited solely to the student. When a student reaches the age of 18 or begins attending a school beyond the high-school level, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer from the parent to student.


Under FERPA, Shenandoah may release directory information about students without notifying the student. Directory information is defined as information contained in an education record of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.