Basic Rules

What are the basic rules of FERPA?

Student educational records are considered confidential and may not be released without the written consent of the student.

As a faculty, staff, or student employee you have a responsibility to protect educational records in your possession.

Some information is considered public (referred to as "Directory Information"). This information can be released without the student's written permission. However, the student may opt to consider this information confidential as well.

Directory Information is: name, address, telephone number, e-mail address, digitized image/photograph/video, date and place of birth, major field of study, dates of attendance, grade level, enrollment status (undergraduate, full-time or part-time, etc.), participation in officially recognized activities and sports, weight and height of members of athletic teams, degrees, honors and awards received and the most recent previous educational institution attended.

You have access to information only for legitimate use in completion of your responsibilities as a university employee. Need to know is the basic principle.

If you are ever in doubt, do not release any information until you contact the Registrar at 651-631-5239 or e-mail alsimpson@unwsp.edu