Why Is FERPA Compliance Training Important?

Protecting our privacy is becoming more difficult every day. For you, as a student, parent, or staff member, FERPA exists to give you guidelines to know what your rights are and how to keep sensitive information safe and secure.  Consequently, FERPA compliance training is more important than ever to ensure institutional safety and information security.

When you were a college student, you may have become acquainted with FERPA. Also, if you work in education, FERPA may be something you deal with every day even if you don’t know exactly what it is. So, what is FERPA? It is a federal law that stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act.

FERPA was originally known as the Buckley Amendment when it became law in 1974. It came on the heels of the Watergate scandal and invasion of privacy issues. FERPA was instituted to ensure educational information remains private and cannot be accessed without written permission, with a few exceptions for emergencies, financial aid, criminal activity, or audits.

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