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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.

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Can a student ask other students about their grades and then publish an average under FERPA?

Can a student ask other students (>14) to fill out an online form disclosing their grade on an assignment and then publish an average of the grades? Or is the implicit permission given by filling ...
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Does obscuring personally identifiable and directory information avoid potential FERPA violations?

Say I have a database of students, each with a unique ID, GPA, placement test scores, and some demographic information (nothing personally identifiable). The ID is generated using a one-way ...
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Is there something else that protects young students who aren't eligible for FERPA?

So I was recently reading about the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). After a bit of reading, I saw this: FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's ...
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Under FERPA, can a teaching assistant confirm the absence of an interaction with a student?

Some time after graduating, a student publicly alleged that a professor wrongly accused and failed him for academic dishonesty. I was a teaching assistant (TA) for this class one semester before the ...
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Monitoring software and FERPA

I’m in high school. In my school, students are given Chromebooks with the software called GoGuardian automatically installed, as well as Securly. For some background, GoGuardian saves information and ...
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Disclosing records no longer maintained, FERPA

Are professors able to discuss a student’s academic misconduct with others after the disciplinary file is no longer maintained after a set amount of years after the student has graduated? Even if the ...
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FERPA clarification: record disclosure vs personal knowledge

I am confused about what is and is not covered by ferpa regarding ‘personal knowledge/observations’. For example, could Professor A tell (orally or via email) Professor B at a different school (...
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Does FERPA cover verbal disclosures as well as written?

When I read FERPA, I don't see any clarification as to whether they are talking about written sharing of educational records, or whether they are also talking about verbal disclosures. For example, ...
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Is a touch screen signature considered an electronic signature?

I am dealing with an entity that is insisting that I need to print out a document, sign it, and then scan the signed document to get it as a PDF. Initially, I had pulled the document up on my tablet, ...
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FERPA clarifications

I'm a high school student attending a public school. I was wondering for clarification on FERPA exceptions. My school stated that they had a "memorandum of understanding" with the school resource ...
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Is a professor allowed to access my grade from a previous class not taught by them?

This question is prompted by a similar question on academia.StackExchange: Is a professor allowed to ask me what grade I got in a previous class? This is in the U.S. Obviously, FERPA was brought up. ...
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Can I ask for Hospital Discharge report?

One of my student could not come to Physics lab and now he is asking me that he was sick and he went to ER after coming to USA. He says that he does not have doctor's note for the visit. In reality, ...
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Under FERPA, is a professor forbidden from publishing a gradebook that includes school-issued student IDs?

I have a college professor who publishes a gradebook where I can find my grade simply by looking up my student ID #, which I do not believe I can change. Until recently, I was able to look at the ...
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Need generic form to allow my friend to talk with my son's school

I told the principal I wanted my friend to be able to communicate with the school regarding my son. She gave me a form to sign. I filled it out and signed it. (Unfortunately I don't have a copy.) The ...
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Using student directory photos

Would it be legal for me to download all of the student images that appear in my university's directory and post them on a website? The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects ...