Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)(1974)

FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education/academic records.

In 1974, Congress enacted FERPA to guarantee students access to their educational records and to prohibit dissemination of educational records without the student's consent.

Directory Information

Educational records must not be released, except to authorized individuals, without written consent from the student. The general exception is directory information. FERPA allows individual colleges/universities to specify what is considered directory information on their campuses. The link above provides a listing of what the University of Iowa considers directory information.

Accessing Student Records

This page provides information on student record access rights as it pertains to students and their parents.

Release of Academic Records

The Academic Record Consent Form, in MyUI, allows students to grant access to academic records to third parties, such as parents and businesses.

Student Records Policy

The Student Record Policy states student's general FERPA right.  The policy is administered by the Dean of Students.

The Dean of Students office has additional student record policy and directory information.