Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), enacted in 1974, guarantees the confidentiality of student records. All student employees of Boston University must familiarize themselves with the basic provisions of this federal law.
- Never, under any circumstances, release student information to anyone, unless your position specifically requires you to do so. Refer any requests for student information to your supervisor.
- Avoid acquiring student records information that you do not need to do your job.
- Never exchange information about students that you may have learned while performing your job. All student information acquired on the job must remain in the workplace. Even a minor disclosure of student information (e.g., telling another student about someone’s class schedule) may be a FERPA violation.
All student employees who work on campus must sign an agreement not to violate FERPA. Your supervisor will ask you to do this when you begin working.
FERPA violations may result in disciplinary action, including, but not limited to, the loss of your job.