Both employees and students at Oregon State University need to be aware of the information that is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, more commonly known as FERPA. This federal law protects the privacy of educational records, including:
- Admissions information for students who are accepted and enrolled
- Biographical information including date and place of birth, gender, nationality, information about race and ethnicity, and identification photographs
- Grades, test scores, evaluations, courses taken, and official communications regarding a student’s status
- Course work including papers and exams, class schedules, as well as written, email or recorded communications
- Student financial and financial aid records
Those who work with student information covered by FERPA should take special training. A link to that training, which is available to all who are interested, is in the links section to the left under Additional Information.