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Do You Collect FERPA Data in Your Research?

Secure Data Types--FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records containing information directly related to a student and are maintained by the University of Tennessee or by a person acting for the university. FERPA governs the release of, and access to, student education records. Directory information about a student is not regulated by FERPA and can be released by the university without the student’s permission.

Student Education Records are governed by FERPA and include:

  • Student ID Numbers
  • Social Security Numbers
  • Transcripts
  • Class schedules
  • Academic history reports
  • Degree audit reports
  • Class rolls
  • Grade rolls
  • Advising notes
  • Financial records

How can you ensure your FERPA data stays secure? 
OIT provides a list of tools that are permitted and supported for use with FERPA information along with tools that should be avoided.   

Learn more about Student Education Records (FERPA) on the Guide to Sensitive Information Research website.