FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law that gives students in higher education various rights with respect to their educational records. Rights afforded to you under FERPA include the right to inspect and review your educational records, the right to request amendment of records you believe are inaccurate or misleading, and the right to prevent disclosure of information from your educational records without your prior consent, subject to some specific exceptions. The Office Student Affairs Compliance publishes an annual notice about your rights under FERPA. FERPA permits disclosure of "directory information" such as name, phone number, address, and email address without your prior consent unless you specifically request that it be kept confidential. For more information regarding directory information, view the Confidentiality Definition Statement.

Consistent with its mission of educating students, Rutgers treats its students as adults and supports them as they develop individual responsibility, maturity and independence.  The Policy on Parental Notification provides the circumstances under which Rutgers will disclose information about a student to the parent(s) or legal guardian(s) of the student with the prior consent of the student. 

If you have further questions about your rights under FERPA, you may contact:

The Office of Student Affairs Compliance
126 College Avenue, RSC Suite 454
83 Somerset Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone: (848) 932-8576
Fax: (732) 932-9690
Email: rucomply@rutgers.edu 
 

Outside resources providing more information include the U.S. Department of Education's websites: