The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, as amended, seeks to guarantee both a student’s right of access to records and the confidentiality of student information.
Institutions may not disclose information contained in education records without the student’s written consent except under certain conditions.
A student's record may be released to parents only if one of the following conditions has been met:
- Through written consent of the student (FERPA form); or
- By submission of evidence that the parents declared the student as a dependent on their most recent Federal Income Tax form, as defined by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, Section 152.