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Understanding FERPA

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How FERPA effects your involvement in a college student's career.

What is FERPA?

FERPA refers to the "Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act," a federal law of the United States of America that protects the right of privacy for student education records. The law states:

"The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education." *

What does FERPA Mean for 1818 ACC Students?

Since 1818 ACC students are enrolled in Saint Louis University, obtaining credit for undergraduate courses, they fall under the FERPA guidelines as "eligible students."

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students.'" *


More Information on FERPA and Grades

For more information regarding FERPA, please view the following links:

For more information about grading policies at SLU, please visit the following links:

Information Source:

* (2007, April 27). Family educational rights and privacy act (FERPA). Retrieved October 17, 2007, from U.S. Department of Education Web site:


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