The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), FERPA, also know as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.
Under FERPA, a student is any individual who is or has been in attendance at school for whom the school maintains an educational record.
Under FEPRA, an educational record is any record that is maintained by the school or its agent and that is directly related to a student.
Under FERPA, personally identifiable information includes items such as the student's name, names of family members, addresses, personal identifiers such as social security numbers, and personal characteristics or other information that make the student's identity easily traceable.
Under FERPA, student rights include:
Under FERPA, directory information may be disclosed without the student's permission. UT Austin directory information includes:
UT Austin notifies students annually of their FERPA rights in Appendix C, Chapter 9, of the General Information catalog.