What is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)?

This online training session is designed to provide you with information regarding FERPA and how it affects you as an employee of Morehead State University. MSU faculty and staff are required to protect student privacy.

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To obtain FERPA certification, you must:

  1. Complete the online FERPA training session.
  2. Return the signed FERPA Training Verification Form.

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (Public Law 93-380) is a federal law that is designed to protect the privacy of student education records and to prohibit dissemination of student educational records without the student's consent. This law (commonly known as the Buckley Amendment) basically states that only persons within the institution with a business need to know shall have access to students' education records and the institution may not disclose any information from those records without the written consent of students, or pursuant to the exceptions permitted by law. FERPA requires colleges and universities to provide students with an opportunity to inspect and review their education records upon request. FERPA applies to educational institutions receiving federal funds administered by the U.S. Department of Education (DOE).