FERPA

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that gives students in higher education various rights with respect to their educational records. Rights afforded to students under FERPA include the right to inspect and review educational records, the right to request amendment of records believed to be inaccurate or misleading, and the right to prevent disclosure of information from educational records without prior consent, subject to some specific exceptions.  

More information about FERPA is available on the office of Registration and Records website. 

What Education Abroad can disclose to parents:

FERPA allows the University to release student "directory information" without a student's consent, unless the student has requested such information be kept confidential. 

What Education Abroad cannot disclose to parents:  

  • Medical information: before, during and after the student’s time abroad

  • Housing and contact information while abroad

  • Grades and transcripts

  • Account and billing information

  • Course or schedule information

  • Other information that is not categorized as “directory information”

  • Student’s admissions status

For specific FERPA related questions please contact Registration and Records at registrar@bgsu.edu or 419-372-8441.