FERPA

The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

WHAT IS IT?

The 1974 Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, 20 U.S.C. 1232(g), as amended, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law  that protects the privacy of a student’s educational record. FERPA applies to all educational institutions receiving funds from the United States Department of Education, from kindergarten through university level.

At Merryfield School, the privacy of academic records is protected by Section 1002.22 of the Florida Statutes.

The U.S. Department of Education and Florida law summarizes the rights afforded to students by FERPA as follow:

  • The right to inspect and review their educational records within a reasonable period of time and no more than 30 days after the institution has received the request
  • The right to request to amend inaccuracies in their educational records
  • The right to limit disclosure of some personally identifiable information
  • The rights to file a complaint with the Family Policy Compliance Office if they feel their FERPA rights have been violated. 

Students have the right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by Merryfield School to comply with the requirements of FERPA.  Below are the name and the address of the FERPA Compliance Office.

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
400 Maryland Avenue, SW
Washington, DC  20202-5920

WHAT IS DIRECTORY INFORMATION?

Directory information is the information available about a student that is not considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. While FERPA and state law protect the privacy of educational records, directory information is not treated as confidential and may be disclosed by the Merryfield School without student consent unless the student has signed a waiver not to disclose.