What Can I Say
Confidentiality and FERPA Facts
Open lines of communication with appropriate campus colleagues about pertinent student information have become increasingly important for the safety of students and the campus community.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, governs communication of information contained in a student's university record.
Permissible communications include:
- Observations of a student's conduct or statements made by the student. These are not an educational record and are not protected.
- The disclosure of personal indentifiable information from an educational record to appropriate individuals in connection with a health and safety emergency. Information may be released to parents, police or others if it is necessary to protect the health and safety of the student (or other individuals).
- Information can be shared with university personnel when there is a specific need to know and should be limited to the essentials of university business.
The Office of the Registrar serves as the official keeper of all academic records and transcripts.