FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law that governs the privacy of your student’s educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.
How can I access my student’s educational records?
As a family member, the University can only release information contained in your student’s record at the written request submitted by your student to the University official (i.e., registrar, dean, department chair, or other appropriate UW-madison person/office) responsible for the records.
What information can my student’s academic advisor or other University representatives share with me?
Representatives of the University (e.g., academic advisors, academic deans) are required by this law to protect the privacy of student educational records and cannot disclose personally identifiable information about a student or permit inspection of the student’s records without the student’s written consent unless such action is permitted by FERPA. Educational records include, but are not limited to:
- documents with a student’s name and ID number
- class rosters
- grade lists
- student disciplinary records
What information can be shared?
Information that is considered public directory information can be shared, such as:
- telephone numbers
- email addresses
- number of academic credits earned towards a degree
- attendance status
- degrees/awards received
For more information:
You can visit the Office of Registrar site for more information related to FERPA.