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We want to take this opportunity to give you a brief summary of your rights under the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), the federal law that governs release of and access to student education records. These rights include:
Release of student record information is generally not done at Auburn University without the expressed, written consent of the student. There are, however, some exceptions.
For example, directory information includes the following, and may be released without the student’s consent:
At any time you have the right to withhold the release of directory information. Please notify the Office of the Registrar for a confidentiality block to be placed on your records.
Please note two important details when placing a confidentiality block on your record:
In order for any educational information to be released to any third party or parent, a student must grant permission through our electronic release program, Gateway to Grades. This can be accessed through your Tigeri. We encourage students to utilize this program as it facilitates communication between parents and students concerning the student’s educational pursuits.
All the rights and protections given to students under FERPA belong to the student, however, information in student records may be provided to parents/legal guardians without the written consent of the student if the eligible student is a financial dependent of his or her parents/legal guardians as defined under Section 152 of the Internal Revenue Code of 1986.
Parents may request access to records by submitting a Record Release/ FERPA form and have a copy of their tax transcript sent to Auburn University.
You can obtain your tax transcript for free at www.irs.gov.
Once both articles are received, parents may have full disclosure to their student’s educational records. The Record Release/FERPA form can be found and downloaded at________________. This may be mailed, faxed, scanned and e-mailed to the Office of the Registrar.
Office of the Registrar
152 South College St., Auburn University
Auburn, AL 36849-5146
Additional information on FERPA may be found at the website of the Department of
Education at http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa.
The specific language of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act can be found at