If your job at Kent State deals with student information, you should be familiar with the provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.
The Public Records seminar presented in October, 2012 featured representatives from the General Counsel and the Registrarâ€™s Offices who provided an overview of what faculty and staff need to know about FERPA, including:
The definition of an â€œeducational recordâ€ and who can access it,
The type of records that can be released with a studentâ€™s permission,
The type of records that can be released without a studentâ€™s permission, and
How to handle requests for student information.
If you have specific questions that are not answered in the seminar video or powerpoint, contact Michael Pfahl, associate counsel, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 330-672-2982.