quinebaug valley community college

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) became a federal law in 1971 in order to afford students certain rights of confidentiality with respect to their educational record.  All educational institutions are required to abide by FERPA regulations.

What are the main principles of FERPA?

Components include:

  • A student’s educational record is to be kept confidential
  • Only those College officials with the “legitimate educational interest” may have access to a student’s educational record
  • The College can only release general “directory information” about the student
  • A student must sign a written waiver to release parts of his/her educational record to others, including their parents.

What does FERPA Guarantee?


  • The right to inspect and to review their education records.
  • The right to seek to amend those records if they believe they contain an error.
  • The right to have some control over disclosure of information from their education records.
  • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education if they believe their FERPA rights have been violated.

An Authorization to Release Information (FERPA) form is available in the Records Office.

For more detailed information on FERPA, please consult the QVCC Academic Catalog.

Additional information:
Family Policy
Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605