Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law (20 U.S.C. 1232g) that protects the privacy of a student's educational record. FERPA applies to all educational institutions receiving funds from the United States Department of Education, from kindergarten through university level.
The U.S. Department of Education summarizes the rights afforded to students by FERPA as follows:
FERPA requires universities to provide students with annual notification of these rights. Auburn University's annual notification appears in the Auburn University Bulletin (see "Student Records"). Students who suspect that a FERPA violation has occurred, should contact the Vice President for Student Affairs (Suite 3248 Auburn University Student Center; 334-844-8880) or they can contact the Family Policy Compliance Office within the U.S. Department of Education.
(Adapted from the University of Florida's Division of Student Affairs Web site.)