Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), commonly known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA applies to all colleges and universities that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
Under FERPA, eligible students have the right to inspect and review the student's education records that are maintained by the school. Some information in a student's educational record is defined as directory information and is listed below under Texas State Directory Information.
In addition, the links listed below provide detailed information pertaining to FERPA and how student records are managed and disclosed at Texas State University.
U.S. Department of Education
34 C.F.R. Part 99
Texas State Directory Information
- Date and place of birth
- Fields of study, including major and minor
- Enrollment status (actual hours enrolled, undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
- Degrees, certificates, and awards received
- Type of award received (academic, technical, continuing education, etc.)
- Dates of attendance
- Student classification
- Name of the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
- Telephone number
- Current and permanent addresses, excluding e-mail addresses
- Weight and height of athletes
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Names of prospective graduates
- Names of parents
- Photographs of students
- Any other records that could be treated as directory information under FERPA
Find the Student Privacy Hold Form here or it may be obtained from the Registrar's Office.