Privacy Law (FERPA)

Your rights as a student . . .

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

FERPA governs and protects students' rights to their individual education records.

The primary rights protected under FERPA are:

  • Students' rights to review and inspect their education records;
  • Students' rights to have their education records amended or corrected;
  • Students' rights to control disclosure of certain portions of their education records
  • Students' right to file a complaint with the Department of Education concerning an alleged failure by the institution to comply with FERPA.

Student's may not have access to:

  • Parent's financial records (without written consent from the parent)
  • Law Enforcement Records
  • Medical, psychiatric records or similar records in connection with the treatment of the student
  • Letters/statements of recommendation written prior to 1975.
  • Recommendation letters written after 1975 may not be released if the student waived the right to inspect and review those letters and if:
    • The letters are related to admission to WMU;
    • The letters are used in consideration for employment;
    • The letters are used in determining the receipt of an honor.


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