Ferpa Frustrations: It's Time for Reform

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Jon Krause for The Chronicle

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Jon Krause for The Chronicle

Congress enacted the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or Ferpa, in 1974 to safeguard the confidentiality of student "educational records." But today colleges are abusing Ferpa and denying information requests with no conceivable privacy interest—applying a limitless definition of "educational record" well beyond what Ferpa's sponsors intended.

One public university in Wisconsin, for example, refused to give out records of government meetings if any committee member was