A New School Year… A New Student Record

Posted On August 14, 2018
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A new semester means new information in students' files. This information becomes a part of their student education record and it is protected by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974. FERPA is a federal law that requires colleges and universities to protect the confidentiality of student education records by defining who has access to those records. FERPA states that no one outside the institution shall have access to a student's education records, nor will Georgia State University disclose any information from those records without the written consent of the student.

Upon enrolling as a student at Georgia State University, FERPA laws transfer ownership of the educational records directly to the student. In general, unless a student provides a waiver and gives someone access to their student conduct, emergency withdrawal, and/or academic dishonesty records, the office of the Dean of Students will not be able to share any related information with anyone besides the student; unless it is a university employee with a “need to know.”

Students may grant access to their student conduct, emergency withdrawal, and/or academic dishonesty records by retrieving a FERPA Authorization Waiver from the office of the Dean of Students in Student Center East, Suite 303 during normal business hours. For more information, please contact the office of the Dean of Students at 404-413-1515. More information about FERPA can be found here.