Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Student Education Records Guidelines
Updated and Amended August 4, 2005
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (commonly referred to as the “Buckley Amendment” or “FERPA”) is designed to protect the confidentiality of the records that educational institutions maintain on their students and to give students access to their records to assure the accuracy of their contents. FERPA affords you certain rights with respect to your education records. They are:
Access to Education Records: the right to inspect and review your education records within 45 days of the day New England Conservatory receives a signed, written request for access, anytime after your matriculation.
- Types of records and their custodians
- Records not open to student review
- Right of New England Conservatory to refuse to provide copies
- Fees for copies of records
Request for Amendment of Education Records: the right to request amendment of your education records if you believe they are inaccurate or misleading.
Disclosure of Education Records: the right to consent to disclosure of personally identifiable information (PII) in your education records, except to the extent that the ACT or any superseding law authorizes disclosure without your consent.
- School officials defined
- Legitimate educational interest defined
- Consent for disclosure
- Records of disclosures
- Directory Information
Note: As of January 3, 2012, the U.S. Department of Education's FERPA regulations expand the circumstances under which your education records and personally identifiable information (PII) contained in such records — including your Social Security Number, grades, or other private information — may be accessed without your consent. First, the U.S. Comptroller General, the U.S. Attorney General, the U.S. Secretary of Education, or state and local education authorities ("Federal and State Authorities") may allow access to your records and PII without your consent to any third party designated by a Federal or State Authority to evaluate a federal- or state-supported education program. The evaluation may relate to any program that is "principally engaged in the provision of education," such as early childhood education and job training, as well as any program that is administered by an education agency or institution. Second, Federal and State Authorities may allow access to your education records and PII without your consent to researchers performing certain types of studies, in certain cases even when we object to or do not request such research. Federal and State Authorities must obtain certain use-restriction and data security promises from the entities that they authorize to receive your PII, but the Authorities need not maintain direct control over such entities. In addition, in connection with Statewide Longitudinal Data Systems, State Authorities may collect, compile, permanently retain, and share without your consent PII from your education records, and they may track your participation in education and other programs by linking such PII to other personal information about you that they obtain from other Federal or State data sources, including workforce development, unemployment insurance, child welfare, juvenile justice, military service, and migrant student records systems.
Compliance: the right to contact the Family Policy Compliance Office with a complaint concerning the New England Conservatory’s compliance with the requirements of the Buckley Amendment. For more information, contact Robert Winkley, College Registrar.