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Welcome to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) training site, administered by the Office of the University Registrar. This site is intended to familiarize you with the law regarding student education records. FERPA (also known as the Buckley Amendment) is the federal law passed in 1974 that protects the privacy of student education records. As an institution that receives funding from the U.S. Secretary of Education, Penn State must comply with FERPA regulations.

Education records are maintained by University offices to facilitate the educational development of students. Faculty and staff members may also keep informal records relating to their functional responsibilities with individual students. The University has a policy regarding Confidentiality of Student Records (AD-11) and policies governing the use of the Penn State ID number and Social Security number (AD-53 and ADG-08). Other related resources include, but are not limited to:

FERPA governs the release of and access to student education records by:

FERPA can be summarized as follows: