FERPA at URI
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records by restricting the release of and access to those records. You must check with the appropriate office before releasing directory information. Any record, with certain exceptions, maintained by an institution that is directly related to a student or students is an education record. This means any and all information, maintained in any medium, that is directly related to students and from which students can be personally identified.
- Discuss, without written consent, the progress of any student with anyone (including parents/guardians) other than the student.
- Make publicly available any student’s social security number or URI Student ID number.
- Leave graded materials in a stack for people to sort through.
- Give anyone student schedules or assist anyone, other than authorized University offices, with finding a student on campus.
- Provide anyone with class rosters.
Private Student Information Examples
- Social security number
- University ID
- Grades/exam scores
- Grade point average (GPA)
Managing eCampus FERPA Restrictions
Directory information is information contained in a student education record that would generally not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. While institutions may designate and release specified items, students have the right to and may place a directory hold on any or all of this information.
To manage your FERPA restrictions, log into eCampus and go to:
- Home > Self Service > Campus Personal Information > FERPA Restrictions
- US Department of Education FERPA Webpage
- Federal Education Rights and Privacy Act
- Introduction to FERPA for Faculty (Enrollment Services)
- FERPA: Students’ Right to Privacy It’s the Law! (ITS Handout)
- Student Information Release Request