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FERPA Essentials – Protection Student Privacy

Course Description


Schools and universities face an ongoing challenge regarding student privacy — how to balance the use of student data for the many important ways it is needed with strict requirements to protect student privacy. The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) protects the privacy of student records at any educational institution receiving funds from the federal Department of Education. Specifically, FERPA prohibits the federal funding of institutions that release education records without the consent of parents or eligible students.

To avoid the risk of losing federal funds or compromising student privacy, it is essential that school and university employees comprehend and fully comply with FERPA directives in their day–to–day responsibilities. This requires they understand the details of FERPA as well as its numerous exceptions for certain individuals in different situations, and its numerous gray areas.

The 30–minute, Cintas Online FERPA Training Course provides what school administrators, faculty and staff need to know to understand and comply with FERPA. The content is written in easy–to–understand terms. Topics are relevant and include news clippings as well as real–world examples that educators and staff should learn to identify and respond to, all within FERPA parameters.

Topics in this course include:

  • What is FERPA?
  • Overview of inspection, review and corrections
  • How to prevent non–consensual disclosure
  • What is the exception for directory information?
  • Recognizing the exception for school officials
  • Understanding the exception for emergencies
  • Are there other exceptions?
  • Identifying students who are non–eligible
  • Understanding the transfer of rights from parent to student
  • Rules and responsibilities for employees



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