Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

FERPA training for on the education sector that teaches educators, faculty and other personnel how to properly and legally handle private student data – in compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974 is a federal law that allows students and parents the right to access education records, seek amendments to such records and control the disclosure of personally identified information (PII).

Student educational records are considered private and personal information, as they can include sensitive data such as medical or financial information, as well as disciplinary outcomes that could affect a child’s future.

Course Description

GLS’s FERPA training is essential for anyone in K-12 or high learning education who has access to student information records. This data privacy compliance course explains the laws related to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, describing what constitutes educational records and what people must do to protect student rights and privacy. It is a must-have compliance course for educational institutions to protect their organization and their students.

Course Curriculum

Module 1: What is FERPA?

  • Overview and purpose of FERPA
  • Definition of an education record
  • Definitions of directory and non-directory information
  • Exceptions to the disclosure rule

Module 2: Why was FERPA created?

  • Explanation of why FERPA was created
  • Importance and benefits of FERPA

Module 3: Who are the parties involved in FERPA?

  • The beneficiaries of FERPA (students)
  • Definition of a student
  • Entities that need to comply with FERPA (educational agencies and institutes)

Module 4: When does FERPA apply?

  • Situations in which an educational institute can release directory and non-directory information to third parties
  • Examples of situations in which FERPA applies and information should not be released

Module 5: How do I comply with FERPA?

  • Steps that educational personnel should follow to comply with FERPA
    How the FPCO enforces FERPA and punishes violators

Module 6: Where can I learn more?

  • Additional resources to learn more about FERPA

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