FERPA and a Student’s Education Records
The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records, including the right to control disclosures of their records.
When a student enrolls at a postsecondary institution, all rights to access academic records move to the student. Parents, guardians, spouses and significant others have no inherent right to access these records unless the student signs a disclosure form.
In order to receive high school credit for postsecondary courses, the student must sign a disclosure form to give his or her high school officials access to these academic records. Each student will have the opportunity to sign the Authorization to Disclose Academic Information form when they register for courses at Hiram College. Students may also elect to grant parents and/or guardians access at this time.
Please note: Under FERPA Hiram College cannot issue grades to anyone, including parents/guardians and school districts, without the student’s written consent. As always, we encourage students to communicate their academic progress with their parents/guardians and school districts. For more information regarding FERPA and Hiram College, please refer to our webpage on Student Rights under Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).