Family Education Rights and Privacy

FAMILY EDUCATIONAL RIGHTS & PRIVACY ACT (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students" with the following rights:

  • The right to inspect their education records.
  • The right to request an amendment to their records if the student believes the records are inaccurate.
  • The right to control disclosures of their records except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent.

Under FERPA, directory information about a Chase student may be released without the student's consent unless the student has placed a privacy restriction on its release through the Chase College of Law Registrar's office.  NKU has designated the following information as directory information:

  • Name
  • Local and permanent mailing addresses and telephone numbers
  • Electronic mail addresses
  • Enrollment status: full- or part-time; dates of attendance
  • Major/Minor/Area of Concentration
  • Type of degree being pursued; degrees awarded
  • Photograph
  • Date and/or place of birth
  • Honors and awards received
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports

If you do not want NKU Chase to disclose directory information, you must notify the Chase Registrar in writing.

For additional information, visit the NKU Registrar's website at: https://registrar.nku.edu/FERPA.html and the official FERPA website at: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.htmll