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 2009 (January -August)

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 January to August of 2009.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2009 (September - October)

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 September to October of 2009.

Letters

FPCO Findings Letters 2009 (November - 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 November to December of 2009.

Guidance and Best Practices

Joint Guidance on the Application of FERPA and HIPAA to Student Health Records

This joint guidance from the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services is intended to explain the relationship between the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) Privacy Rule, and to explain how these two laws apply to records maintained on students.

Letters

Disclosure of Education Records to Outside Service Providers

Letter to the Clark County School District regarding whether the District is permitted to disclose education records, without a parent's prior written consent, to a company that operates an online system that allows parents to access their child's current grades and class attendance reports, as well as other school-related functions.