FERPA

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly known as "FERPA") (20 U.S.C. Section 1232g; 34 C.F.R. Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.  FERPA regulates the disclosure as well as the rights and responsibilities of students and institutions of higher education with respect to student education records.  The law applies to all colleges and universities that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education. It is designed to ensure students have a right of access to their education records and protect those records from disclosure to third parties.  
Under FERPA, eligible students have the right to inspect and review their education records maintained by the university.  Some information in a student's educational record is defined as directory information and is listed below under Lamar University Directory Information.  Directory information may be released to the general public without the consent of the student unless the student desires to withhold any or all of the information.  

Lamar University has designated the following as Directory Information:
Student’s name
Address
Telephone number
University issued e-mail address
Major field of study
Classification
Dates of attendance
Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
Weight and height of members of athletic teams
Degrees
Honors and awards received
Last educational agency or institution attended
Photographs and class rosters (not the student's class schedule)

Students may block the public disclosure of directory information by contacting the Records Office (Wimberly 112) and signing a Directory Information Hold form. The Directory Hold form and additional information regarding FERPA may be found at https://www.lamar.edu/students/registration/educational-records-and-student-rights.html 

The materials listed below provide general information regarding FERPA:

U.S. Department of Education

www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa/index.html

34 C.F.R. Part 99

http://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/text-idx?tpl=/ecfrbrowse/Title34/34cfr99_main_02.tpl

Revised FERPA Regulations: An Overview for Parents and Students - December 2011

http://www2.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/pdf/parentoverview.pdf