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Privacy Laws

Students have rights by federal law regarding the privacy of their education records and their information. UT handles the distribution of student information based on that law, which is called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), or the Buckley Amendment. You will find full information about this on UT’s FERPA website.

The law established requirements for the privacy of student education records regarding their release and access.

Students have the right to:

  • Review their education records
  • Seek to amend their education records
  • Limit disclosure of personally identifiable information (directory information)
  • Notify the Department of Education concerning an academic institution’s failure to comply with FERPA regulations

Confidentiality vs. Basic Identification

FERPA provides for confidentiality of student records. However, it also provides for basic identification of a person at UT without consent. Release of information to third parties includes: directory information such as what’s contained in the campus phone book, the online people directory, and sports brochures.

How Are Students Notified?

Students must be annually notified of their FERPA rights. UT tells students in our student handbook called Hilltopics, in the Graduate and Undergraduate catalogs, on the FERPA website, and at orientation for new students. The university also sends annual e-mail reminders to students about their FERPA rights.

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