The Dean of Students Office

Creating a Culture of Care

Student Privacy: What is FERPA?

…and how may it impact my communication with UNCG about my student?

Students enrolled at UNCG enjoy the protection of The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) more commonly known as the “Buckley Amendment.”

This federal government policy guarantees certain rights for students and eligible parents regarding access to, confidentiality of, and correction of the student’s education records.

An education record generally refers to most records (written, printed, taped, filmed, etc.) maintained by The University of North Carolina at Greensboro that are directly related to a student.

A qualified parent of a student may inspect the student’s education records if written consent is provided to the appropriate record custodian by the student, or a copy of the 1040 series income tax form filed with IRS for the most recently ended tax year is submitted by the parent to the appropriate record custodian showing that the student is claimed as a dependent.

Student conduct records generally are protected under FERPA. Serious student misconduct involving violence, alcohol, or drugs and resulting in a finding of “responsibility” during a conduct process will be reported to families of dependent students under the age of 21 when either of the following conditions are met:

  • intoxication was severe enough for a University official to summon transport to a health care facility.
  • conduct involves violence, alcohol or drugs and merits a sanction of probation. Further misconduct is likely to lead to separation from UNCG.

For further information with regard to FERPA, please feel free to consult the University Counsel’s website.

Please note: The law allows the University to release directory information and other information about students under certain circumstances. Examples include a health or safety emergency, a lawful subpoena or court order, or to authorized Federal, State, or Local employees. For more information, visit the FERPA page on the US Department of Education website.