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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974: Home

This site provides information on how the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is administered at the University of Louisville.

Under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (often referred to as FERPA, or the Buckley Amendment), students who have matriculated have the right to inspect and review most education records maintained about them by the University of Louisville, and, in many cases, decide whether or not a third party may obtain information from them. Directory information is considered public unless a student asks that some or all of that information be withheld. No one will have access to a student's education records, nor will their contents be disclosed, without the written consent of the student, except as provided by the Act.

FERPA obliges the University of Louisville to inform students of their rights and to establish policies and procedures through which their rights can be exercised. The University complies fully and fairly with the provisions of FERPA and with its statements on policy and procedures (45 Code of Federal Regulations sec. 99.5). Where necessary, the University has taken the provisions of KRS 164.283 and KRS 61.870-61.884 into account in formulating the student records policy.

The University Archives and Records Center administers the university's student records policy. Copies of the Act and the University policy and procedures statements and other types of assistance can be obtained from the University Archives. Revisions and clarifications of the University's policy and procedures will be published as updates occur.

Privacy of Student Records

If you have any questions about the current UofL student records policy, the UofL's internal procedures for the protection of our students' privacy rights under the U.S. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), or the privacy of UofL student records or access to U of L student records, you may contact the university's FERPA officer via the Archives and Special Collections.

UofL FERPA Officer

Sherri Pawson

Open Records/FERPA Officer

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