Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is also known as the Buckley Amendment. It is a federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Under FERPA, students have the right to:

inspect and review their educational records,

request an amendment of their educational records to ensure that the records are not inaccurate,

consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information contained in their educational records,

file with the U.S. Department of Education a complaint regarding an alleged violation under the FERPA act or its implementing regulations,

obtain a copy of Baylor University's student records policy.

Click here to view Baylor's student policies and procedures regarding student records.