The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was enacted in 1974. The primary purpose of FERPA is to protect the privacy of student information, and this protection is achieved by controlling access to and disclosure of students’ “education records,” as that term is defined in FERPA. Faculty, staff, and administrative officers at UNC Charlotte are required by FERPA to treat education records confidentially, unless a legal exception applies, or the student provides written consent to disclose. Students also have the right to inspect and review their education records and to request that their records be amended. For additional information, please see legal.uncc.edu/policies/up-402. Generally, when a student enters UNC Charlotte, regardless of his or her age, all rights afforded to parents under FERPA transfer to the student, and the student’s written consent is required for disclosure of his or her education records. However, FERPA also provides ways in which schools may share information with parents without the student’s consent.

For example:

The University may disclose education records to parents if the student is a dependent for income tax purposes.

The University may disclose education records to parents if a health or safety emergency involves their son or daughter.

The University may inform parents if the student who is under age 21 has violated any law or its policy concerning the use or possession of alcohol or a controlled substance.

A University official may generally share with a parent information that is based on that official’s personal knowledge or observation of the student.

For further information on disclosure of student education records to parents, please see University Policy 402, Student Records, or you may contact the Office of the Registrar registrar.uncc.edu or the Office of Legal Affairs.