1. It stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974.
2. Also known as the Buckley Amendment.
3. Protects the privacy of a student’s educational records.
4. Applies to all educational agencies or institutions that receive funds under any program administered by the
Secretary of Education.
5. Enforced by the Family Policy Compliance Office (FPCO) of the U.S. Department of Education, Washington DC.
6. FERPA is applicable to both K-12 and higher education. The Family Compliance Office is responsible for both
levels of education.
7. The main difference in FERPA between these two levels is that the rights ascribed to the “student” at the higher
education level are given to the parents at the K-12 level. FERPA rights are granted to parents until their son/daughter
reaches the age of 18 or begins attending an institution of higher education regardless of age.
Faculty and staff under contract or appointment to the College.
Temporary employees, for the period substituting for an administrative staff or faculty member.
Faculty, staff, and students performing a special administrative task such as secretaries, clerks, attorneys,
auditors, disciplinary and judicial panel members, etc. for the period of their performance as an employee or
Parents/legal guardians of students under age 21 when a student is found in violation of alcohol
or controlled substance policy of the institution (Foley Amendment)
Anyone, if health or safety emergency exists and the information will assist in resolving the emergency
Alleged victim of a crime of violence may obtain results of disciplinary hearing regarding the perpetrator
of that crime
Anyone requesting final results of an institutional disciplinary hearing in which the accused has been determined
to be the alleged perpetrator of a crime of violence or of a non-forcible sex offense (Warner Amendment)
Military recruiters who request “Student Recruiting Information” for recruiting purposes only (Solomon Amendment).
Refer such queries to the Registrar.
Internal Revenue Service for purposes of compliance with the Taxpayer Relief Act of 1997
Authorized representatives of the Department of Veterans Affairs for students receiving educational assistance
from the agency
Parents may obtain non-directory information by obtaining a signed consent from their child.
Indiana State University allows students to sign an authorization that allows the University to
discuss their undergraduate or graduate education records with the designee of their choice. A CODE
is assigned by the student and given to the designee. The designee MUST give the CODE whenever they
contact the University for information. Students select the records to be discussed (Academic, Financial or other)
The authorization is in effect until the student rescinds it in writing.
All information must be filled out on this form for an account to be established.
Submit the completed form to the Office of Registration and Records for processing.
A portal account will be created for the parent, this may take several weeks for processing due to volume. Once the
account has been created, an email will be sent to the student, notifying them to log into the Portal to begin the
There is a difference between the Web4Parent and the FERPA Authorization!
Web4Parent actually provides the parent with an online portal to view the information their
student has provided them access to. The student can revoke any and/or all access to the information
viewable by the parent or the existence of the parent’s account. The password used by the parent for
the Web4Parent portal is only good for the portal. This password cannot be provided over the phone or
in person to release any information about the student.
The FERPA Authorization allows the student to establish a 6-digit code (numbers, letters or both)
that they can provide to anyone they wish. Anyone who calls in or comes in to a University office and
provides this code may be given the information the student specified on their original FERPA
Authorization form. This code cannot be used to log onto the Web4Parent portal.
Parents should consider requesting both access so they can have the maximum access their student will
Under the Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended December 31, 1974, universities
will allow students the opportunity of designating Directory Information as confidential records.