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 only until the student reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. 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." If an eligible student wishes to waive his/her rights to privacy and release certain education record information, the eligible student must sign a Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Student Release Form. This is the form a student signs waiving his/her rights under this act and authorizes NYIT to discuss and/or disclose specified educational records to a particular person or persons. Make a copy of this form for your records before mailing the original to NYIT, Department of Financial Aid, P.O. Box 8000, Northern Boulevard, Old Westbury, NY 11568-8000.
Parents or eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records maintained by the school. Schools are not required to provide copies of records unless, for reasons such as great distance, it is impossible for parents or eligible students to review the records. Schools may charge a fee for copies.
Schools may disclose, without consent, "directory" information such as a student's name, address, telephone number, date and place of birth, honors and awards, and dates of attendance. However, schools must tell parents and eligible students about directory information and allow parents and eligible students a reasonable amount of time to request that the school not disclose directory information about them. Schools must notify parents and eligible students annually of their rights under FERPA. The actual means of notification (special letter, inclusion in a PTA bulletin, student handbook, or newspaper article) is left to the discretion of each school.
For additional information or technical assistance call 202.260.3887. Individuals who use TDD may call the Federal Information Relay Service at 800.877.8339. Inquiries can also be sent to: Family Policy Compliance Office, U.S. Department of Education, 400 Maryland Avenue SW, Washington, D.C. 20202-5920.