FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education. FERPA applies to personally identifiable information in educational records (listed below). At UT Austin, FERPA rights apply to all students where students are defined as a person who is or has been in attendance at the institution, regardless of the person's age.
Educational records are all records that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by an educational agency or institution, or by a party acting on its behalf. A record means any information recorded in any way.
Educational records DO NOT include the following:
A currently enrolled student may restrict access to his or her directory information, or may remove his or her information from public directories, through Restrict My Info during the first twelve class days of any semester, or the first four class days of any summer term.
FERPA identifies certain information, called directory information, that may be disclosed without the student's permission. The University has designated the following information as directory information: