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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act – FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of a student’s education records. In compliance with FERPA, Boston University does not disclose personally identifiable information contained in student education records, except as authorized by law.

Student Rights under FERPA

After a student has registered for classes at MACU, the student has the following rights:

  • The right to inspect and review education records.
  • The right to request that corrections be made to education records if they believe those records are inaccurate or misleading, or in violation of their privacy rights under FERPA
  • The right in most instances to control access to information in your records by persons or agencies outside the University. 
  • The right to limit disclosure of your directory information. 
  • The right to a hearing if you believe that you have been improperly denied access to your records, your records contain information that is inaccurate or misleading, or information from your records has been improperly released to third parties. 
  • The right to file a complaint to federal officials if you believe that there has been a violation of the rights afforded you under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. 

For more detailed about these rights and their limitations (in some cases), review the details Student Rights Under FERPA page.