By Audience: Postsecondary School Officials

The resources on this page are intended for staff and educators of Postsecondary Institutions.  Resources found here typically address FERPA’s requirements and how they apply to the various day-to-day operations of postsecondary institutions that may be different than the K-12 setting.  Guidance is also provided for the particular challenges encountered at the postsecondary level as it relates to the handling and protection of students’ Personally Identifiable Information.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (June - December)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from June to December of 2011.

Guidance and Best Practices

Addressing Emergencies on Campus

This guidance is directed to school officials who may be reassessing their campus safety policies by offering a summary of two applicable Federal education laws administered by the Department of Education (Department): the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Higher Education Act of 1965 (HEA), as amended.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (May 17 - 31)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from half of May 17 to May 31, 2011.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (May 1 - 17)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from May 1 to half of May 17, 2011.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (April 13 - 30)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from  April 13 -30 of 2011.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (April 1 - 12)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from April 1 to 12 of 2011.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2011 (March 11 - 31)

As part of its enforcement activities under FERPA, the Family Policy Compliance Offices issues a variety of letters to include letters that explain why an investigation will not be initiated as well as that detail our findings after conducting an investigation. While we have identified those letters of more significance and posted them under “Letters of Importance,” we also want to make available the full collection of findings letters we issued in this archive. The attached archive, in ZIP file format, contains redacted letters from March 11 to 31 of 2011.

Guidance and Best Practices

Model Notice for Directory Information

This document is a template notice for notifying parents and eligible students (students over 18 years of age or attending a school beyond the high school level) about the type of information from student’s education records, designated by a School District as “directory information,” that schools may disclose without consent, unless advised to the contrary.  This document also can be viewed in spanish here.