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Student Privacy at the U.S. Department of Education

The U.S. Department of Education is committed to student privacy.  We administer the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and we provide technical assistance to help schools and school districts use best practices in their use and management of information about students.  This site aims to assist stakeholders in protecting the privacy of students by providing official guidance on FERPA , technical best practices and the answers to Frequently Asked Questions.  Responsibility for the Department’s student privacy operations lies in the Office of the Chief Privacy Officer.  To learn more about FERPA please click on the video to the right.

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Frequently Asked Questions

Student Privacy Matters

02/12/2020

Letter providing assistance in regard to a  proposed State law addressing enforcement of local truancy ordinances and the juvenile justice system...

01/22/2020

Letter on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to the disclosure by IHEs or postsecondary institutions of...

10/29/2019

Letter to a Michigan state legislator on the applicability of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) to state reporting...

Guidance & Resources

02/21/2020

This webinar accompanies the guidance document on the 2020 Census and Colleges. This presentation provides background information on reporting...