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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

[Protecting Student Privacy]

What is FERPA Compliance?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the confidentiality of student educational records. The law affords parents the right to have access to their children’s educational records, the right to seek amendments to the records, and the right to some control over the disclosure of personally identifiable information within the education records.

FERPA compliance does not require institutions to adopt specific security controls, however, it does require the use of “reasonable methods” to safeguard student records. GreyCastle Security can help you develop these methods. FERPA compliance is required of all educational institutions and related vendors, including textbooks, supplies and equipment, food, and other goods that fall within the purview of a school. Any institution that fails to comply with FERPA could risk losing federal funding.

Why is FERPA Compliance So Important?

FERPA compliance is critical to protecting the confidentiality and safety of students. If your institution is audited and found to be in violation of FERPA compliance, there can be serious consequences, including difficulty in continuing necessary work duties. Let GreyCastle Security assist you in protecting your confidential and sensitive student data. We are your complete source for FERPA compliance with thorough operational assessments, strategies, and reporting.

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Conduct a Risk Assessment

GreyCastle Security analysts identify and prioritize potential security gaps related to FERPA compliance.

Develop a Corrective Action Plan

A corrective action plan will identify any security gaps, provide recommendations, and track the next actions that need to be taken.

Demonstrate Effective Progress

GreyCastle Security can assist with creating and documenting policies and procedures.

Maintain FERPA Compliance & Protect Student Privacy

All students connected to your institution should be advised of their rights under FERPA annually. They should also be informed of any changes made to FERPA as necessary. Students have a right to view their own educational records and letters of recommendation.

Any school official, administrator, or another representative must obtain signed, written consent from a student before releasing any educational or personally identifiable information.

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