Family Educational Rights Privacy Act (FERPA)

RESTRICTED Data Category
Point of Contact: Office of the Registrar

Education records are defined as records, files, documents, and other materials that contain information directly related to a student and are maintained by Penn State or by a person acting for the University. Education records take many forms, including paper and electronic.


Training Requirements

  • Successful completion of training is required before handling this type of data.

Examples of FERPA data

  • Grades
  • Class lists
  • Student course schedules
  • Disciplinary records
  • Student financial records
  • Payroll records for employees who are employed as a direct result of their status as students (e.g. work study, assistantships, resident assistants)

University Policies/Guidelines

  • Policy AD11 University Policy on Confidentiality of Student Records

Where to store this type of data

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