FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act) is a federal law enacted in 1974 that guarantees the confidentiality of student records and general information.
It is important that supervisors familiarize themselves with FERPA and stress to their student employees the importance of confidentiality.
Students who might, at any time, access student information must read and sign the FERPA Non-Disclosure Agreement, which identifies the basic provisions of the law.
Student employees must understand that any student information they obtain on the job must remain in the workplace. Students must not, under any circumstances, release student information to anyone unless their position specifically requires them to do so. In addition, students may not acquire student records information that is not relevant to their jobs.
FERPA violations may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, job termination.
Supervisors should keep signed FERPA agreements on file within their department.