Academic Advising Resources


FERPA and Release of Information to parents/spouses

Students have a right to privacy regarding transcripts (including grades). Most institutions require that students first submit a written request to have transcripts/grades disclosed to any third party as the privilege of privacy of this information is held by the student under FERPA.

FERPA has strict guidelines regarding disclosing the educational records of dependent students. Though FERPA allows such disclosure, the act mandates that each institution first publish clearly delineated policies and procedures for the disclosure of these records. The institution must publish these guidelines annually in a format that is easily accessible to interested parties. Most institutions charge their registrar's office with the responsibility to determine how their institutions will comply with FERPA disclosure requirements.  Registrars commonly work with legal council in fashioning and publishing these guidelines. As advisors, it is advisible to check with your registrar's office if you have any questions or concerns before disclosing any student information to third parties.

The above information is a portion of the article 'FERPA: Basic Guidelines for Faculty and Staff, Simple Step-by-Step Approach For Compliance,' available in the Cleairnghouse.

Institutional interpretations of FERPA

Related Commission and Interest Groups:

*All commercial sites are member suggested; listing of commercial sites does not imply NACADA endorsement

Actions: E-mail | Permalink |
The contents of all material on this Internet site are copyrighted by the National Academic Advising Association, unless otherwise indicated. Copyright is not claimed as to any part of an original work prepared by a U.S. or state government officer or employee as part of that person's official duties. All rights are reserved by NACADA, and content may not be reproduced, downloaded, disseminated, published, or transferred in any form or by any means, except with the prior written permission of NACADA, or as indicated or as indicated in the 'Copyright Information for NACADA Materials' statement. Copyright infringement is a violation of federal law and is subject to criminal and civil penalties. NACADA and National Academic Advising Association are service marks of the National Academic Advising Association.

Index of Topics
Advising Resources

Do you have questions?  Do you need help with an advising topic? 
Email us.