Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)
Auburn Cares' records regarding students are governed by Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA). FERPA protects the privacy of student education records, yet allows schools to disclose those records, without consent, to the following parties under certain conditions, but are not limited to (34 CFR § 99.31):
- School officials with legitimate educational interest and have a “need to know”;
- Appropriate parties in connection with financial aid to a student;
- Appropriate officials in cases of health and safety emergencies;
- For a full view of FERPA, please go to: http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html
Students must complete a FERPA release form to permit university employees to share information about the student’s education or conduct record. Although FERPA greatly limits the information staff are able to share with parents without a release from their student, Auburn University will make every effort to contact parents/guardians in the event that a student is an imminent threat to him/herself or others. Students should regularly update their emergency notification contact information in Tiger I, accessible via the AUAccess portal.