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  • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal privacy law that provides protections in regard to academic records, such as grades, transcripts, disciplinary records, contact and family information, and class schedules.

How does FERPA apply to the University of South Carolina?

Educational records are official records, such as grades, Social Security number, driver’s license number or account balance, that can be directly related to an identifiable student. Since the University of South Carolina falls under FERPA legislation, you are required to maintain the confidentiality of students' educational records.

All school officials must have a legitimate educational interest in order to access a student's educational record. You should not discuss students’ educational records with other faculty or staff members unless their official responsibilities identify a legitimate educational interest. 

To learn more about FERPA, visit the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA Webpage.

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