Now that you're in the world of universities, you will probably hear the term FERPA from time to time. What is it and what does it mean for you?

What Is FERPA?

FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act and is also known as the Buckley Amendment. It is a compilation of federal regulations passed by Congress in 1974.

The purpose of FERPA is to provide rights to students and their families with regard to access and privacy of academic records. It guarantees students at the post-secondary level the right to inspect and view their academic records.

FERPA also prohibits UMKC from releasing information from a student's record to any third party unless the student authorizes the release.

However, the regulations which may be found in 34 CFR Part 99 outline several exceptions to the general rules stated above.

For details on the UMKC implementation of FERPA, please refer to the General Catalog appendix section Policy on Student Records or the Student Records section of the UM System Collected Rules and Regulations.

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