Dr. Donna McDaniel discusses the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA.

FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. FERPA is a federal law to protect the privacy of student’s education records.

When a student enters college and turns 18, those FARPA rights transfer from the parent to the student.

Student’s record information is not typically shared with anyone unless that student gives written permission for someone else to have access to your student records.

If you would like to do that at Texarkana College, we have what’s called a Student Information Release Authorization form. This form must be completed here on site in the office of Enrollment Services. It cannot be turned-in in advance. You must come in-face and complete that form.

But by completing that form and designating another individual to access your student records, it could help you in times of emergencies or if you were in the hospital or any situation that you might need someone else to speak on your behalf.

So I just want to stress that and no one other than the student can access the student records unless a student information release authorization form is completed.

And that’s because of FERPA.