Privacy rights (FERPA)
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99), commonly known as FERPA, is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. FERPA applies to all colleges and universities that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.
FERPA stands for “Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974”
FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of students’ educational records. For more detailed information, please visit the Registrar's wepage.
FERPA prevents university from disclosing personal information to anyone other than the student (i.e., grades, schedule of classes).
Advisors can answer general questions about degree require-ments, university policies, and office procedures.
Advisors may answer general questions about students, such as major & minor and if the student is currently enrolled. According to the university attorney, Texas State may release any of the following "directory information":
- Date and place of birth
- Fields of study, including major and minor
- Enrollment status (actual hours enrolled, undergraduate, graduate, etc.)
- Degrees, certificates, and awards received
- Type of award received (academic, technical, continuing education, etc.)
- Dates of attendance
- Student classification
- Name of the most recent previous educational agency or institution attended
- Telephone number
- Current and permanent addresses, excluding e-mail addresses
- Weight and height of athletes
- Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
- Names of prospective graduates
- Parking permit records
- Names of parents
- Photographs of students
- Any other records that could be treated as directory information under FERPA