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What is FERPA and how does it apply to students?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives students in higher education various rights with respect to their educational records. Rights afforded to you under FERPA include the right to inspect and review your educational records, the right to request amendment of records you believe are inaccurate or misleading, and the right to prevent disclosure of information from your educational records without your prior consent, subject to some specific exceptions.  

If you have questions about your rights under FERPA, you may contact the Office of Compliance, Student Policy, Research and Assessment at First Floor Bishop House, College Avenue Campus, New Brunswick, NJ  08901, or (848) 932-8576.  Specific information about FERPA can also be found on the Rutgers Compliance FERPA web page.

Outside resources providing more information include the U.S. Department of Education's websites: Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)  and the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO).

What the Center for Global Education can disclose to parents: 
FERPA allows the University to release student "directory information" without a student's consent, unless the student has requested such information be kept confidential. Rutgers defines directory information as:

  • Name
  • Campus address
  • Campus post office address
  • Campus telephone number
  • Date of birth
  • Rutgers e-mail address
  • RUCS user name / NetID
  • Permanent (home) address
  • Permanent (home) telephone number
  • School of attendance
  • Class year
  • Dates of attendance
  • Current credit load
  • Credit hours earned
  • Degrees received
  • Dates of degrees
  • Weight and height of intercollegiate athletes
  • Most recent previous school attended
  • Honors and awards

What the Study Abroad office cannot disclose to parents: 

  • Student’s admissions status
  • RUID student identification numbers
  • Program related materials
  • Account and billing information
  • Grades and transcripts
  • Medical information: before, during and after the student’s time abroad
  • Housing and contact information while abroad
  • Course or schedule information
  • Other information that is not categorized as “directory information”