The Catholic University of America

Why should I be concerned about FERPA?

  • As an employee of the university, you are legally and morally responsible for the protection of student privacy.
  • Everyone on campus is expected to act in a manner that protects student's right to privacy and also the university from adverse outcomes.
  • We are all responsible for proper handling and protection of student records that we access in our daily job functions. In addition, as members of the larger university community we should also assist our colleagues in protecting student education records.
  • If you come across records that you believe are not being handled/protected in a manner consistent with FERPA and university policy, you are not expected to confront another employee/office. Rather, you are asked to contact the Compliance and Privacy Officer as soon as possible.
  • For example, if you walk past a bulletin board and notice a school has posted its fall semester dean's list including each student's grade point average, you should immediately contact the Compliance and Security Officer. Under FERPA, a grade point average is considered private information and should never be publicly displayed.



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