Family Education Rights & Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is the federal law which protects the privacy of student records. Before accessing student records, all members of the Bates community should carefully review the material presented in the FERPA tutorial which follows. Maintaining confidentiality of student records can be achieved by knowing a few basic requirements of FERPA.

The tutorial, comprised of a brief overview and a quick 10 question quiz, is designed to give you a basic understanding of the rules governing access to and release of student information at Bates College. For more information, or consultation regarding specific situations, please contact the Office of the Registrar and Academic Systems.

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Visit the U.S. Department of Education’s FERPA page: Family Policy Compliance Office