Gauge your knowledge of the Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) law with this short ten-question quiz.

Question 1

Is it wrong for professors to leave graded exams, papers, etc., outside their office for students to pick up?

Yes  |  No

Question 2

An unauthorized person retrieves information from an employee's computer screen that was left unattended. Under FERPA, is the institution responsible?

Yes  |  No

Question 3

You have been granted access to certain educational records in accordance with your duties at Northwestern. Since this is information to which you are entitled under FERPA, can you redisclose this information to any party?

Yes  |  No

Question 4

You are facing an emergency situation where you fear for the health and safety of the student or other individuals if you do not release certain protected information to a third party. Can you exercise judgment and release the information?

Yes  |  No

Question 5

If a student's parent calls asking how a student is doing in class, can you give out that information?

Yes  |  No

Question 6

You receive a call from a recruiting firm asking for names and addresses of students with a GPA of 3.0 or better. They say they have good job information for these students. Can you help these students get jobs by giving out this information?

Yes  |  No

Question 7

Does FERPA prohibit the disclosure of the work address and telephone number of an alumnus by the Alumni and Parent Relations Office?

Yes  |  No

Question 8

Northwestern's campus suffers significant damage from vandals. As director of Public Safety, you investigate the incident and obtain from several students confessions that they committed the acts of vandalism. You share this information with the local police department and Student Life. Student Life intends to use the information to initiate disciplinary action against the students. Do the students involved have the right to inspect and review the records you have made of their confessions?

Yes  |  No

Question 9

A freshman student who was admitted under special conditions requests the opportunity to review his admissions file. He insists on reviewing these materials no later than the close of business the following day. Does FERPA require you to respond to his request by allowing him to review the records when he wants to?

Yes  |  No

Question 10

A student's father presents a piece of paper signed by the student that states: "I consent to the disclosure of my education records to my father." The paper is signed and dated. The father proves to you that he is the father of the student in question. Does this constitute sufficient written consent under FERPA?

Yes  |  No


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