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FERPA Quiz USER VIP DEMO
Wed Oct 22 14:32:55 2003
Federal and University guidelines recommend that faculty and staff receive periodic training in order to obtain access to confidential student information. The University of South Carolina asks that you receive that training by reading the following information and taking the brief ten-question tutorial. It takes approximately four minutes. You will then have certified access until Fall semester 2009. Thank you very much.


Note: This educational page will continue to appear until you complete the quiz. To link directly to the quiz or to skip the quiz and go to your class information, please scroll to the bottom of this page.


FERPA at a Glance

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended, sets forth requirements regarding the privacy of student records. It affords students certain rights with respect to their education records. In essence,
  1. College students must be permitted to inspect their own educational records.
  2. College officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students, or permit inspection of their records, without written consent from the student unless such action is covered by exceptions permitted by the Act.

Directory Information may be released

The following data items are considered directory information and may be viewed and released to the public without written consent:
  • Student's name, electronic mail address, local and permanent mailing addresses, and telephone numbers
  • Semesters of attendance, date of admission, date of expected or actual graduation
  • Currently enrolled or not; full/part time; classification (Freshman, etc.)
  • School, major, and minor fields of study, type of degree being pursued
  • Degrees awarded, honors, awards received, scholarships and fellowships
  • Student's participation in officially recognized activities and sports sponsored by the University; weight and height of members of athletic teams
The University may disclose any of these items without prior written consent, unless the student has submitted a written request to the Office of the University Registrar not to release directory information pertaining to them. Directory information for these students will not be immediately available to you via VIP.

Other Disclosure Without Student's Prior Consent

FERPA law also defines a number of other circumstances besides the release of directory information in which an education record can be released to certain parties without written permission from the student. Examples of these exceptions include:
  • School officials who act in the student's educational interest on a legitimate, "need-to-know" basis. A faculty member, staff member, or school official has a legitimate educational interest in accessing or reviewing a student's educational records without the student's written consent if he or she needs to review an educational record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibility
  • Students currently registered in a particular class section, the names and email addresses of others on the roster may be disclosed in order to participate in class discussion
  • Authorized representatives of various education authorities, government officials, and accrediting organizations
  • Compliance with a judicial order or lawfully issued subpoena.
Other exceptions exist and may be found in the University's annual notification to students on the University Registrar's website or the ACAF Policy 3.03.

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Please note that this is only a demo. Faculty may use this for study, but they must take the quiz while logged into VIP.

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