FERPA

FERPA is the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, also known as the Buckley Amendment. Statute: 20 U.S.C. 1232g; Regulations: 34CFR Part 99. The intent of the Act is to protect the rights of students and to insure the privacy and accuracy of education records. The Act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the Secretary of Education.

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act--Annual Notification

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Information

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act Brochure

Instructor Access to Joe'SS and Canvas

University of Missouri System Policy on Student Records

FERPA for Advisors

Sample Permission Letter to Write a Letter of Recommendation

 Students can also update their privacy settings through Joe'SS.

FERPA and Directory Restrictions

FERPA Restriction

Directory information may be shared, unless restricted.  You can change this information in Joe’SS by going to Student Center > Personal Information > Other Personal > Privacy Settings and clicking the FERPA-Restrict Release of Personal Information box.

Missouri S&T defines directory information as:

  • name
  • address
  • telephone listing
  • e-mail address
  • major or field of study
  • dates of attendance
  • student level
  • degrees and awards received
  • enrollment status in any past or present semester (i.e. full/part time)
  • the most recent education agency or institution attended
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports

Restricting Directory Information

If students wish only to restrict visibility of telephone number and/or address, students may do so by going to Student Center > Personal Information > Other Personal > Privacy Settings. The online directory may be updated at any time via Joe’SS.

Unless covered by an exception, staff may not release:

  1. Social Security number
  2. student number
  3. race/ethnicity/nationality
  4. gender
  5. grades
  6. other personally identifiable information without written consent or when covered by an exception

To release information other than directory information, students must authorize access to non-directory information for third parties, including parents, by completing the FERPA Release process. 

European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR)

European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) affords individuals certain rights as to how their data is used and processed, and may give them rights to access, correct, or delete their data.

University of Missouri System Policy for Personal Information of Applicants and Students Covered by the GDPR