FERPA is an acronym for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (20
U.S.C. 1232g, 34 CFR 99). Congress enacted FERPA, also referred to as the
"Buckley Amendment," in 1974.
FERPA mandates that schools, including colleges and universities, maintain
students' records in a certain way. Students must be allowed to inspect and
review their education records and request the amendment of records that are
inaccurate or misleading. Schools are also restricted from disclosing student
records except in limited circumstances which will be described later in this