If there’s any doubt about appropriate access to or release of education records, please contact us.
netID and passwords
Never share your netID, passwords, or other credentials with anyone. School officials with a legitimate educational interest have authorized ways to access your education record. No one else should ask for or have access to your email, Student Center, or other systems.
Find out what makes up your education record, including directory information. Understand what the impacts are of restricting this information, such as public recognition on the Dean’s List or the ability of employers/agencies to verify your enrollment.
Learn your options for withholding your directory information from public release.
For university students, regardless of age, FERPA rights apply to the student alone. As such, parents and guardians do not have a legal right to access your education records without your written consent. Review the information on our parent page and show it to them. You can choose to print or send documents to a parent or guardian from Student Center with your Student Record, grades, enrollment verifications, and more. Do not share your netID and password with your parents, guardians, relatives, or friends.
In the physical and digital classroom
Respect the privacy of others. Some students may have restricted access to their education record, including their name and email address. Students enrolled in a class that uses a course management system (e.g., Canvas) may have access to personal information and academic work produced by other students. FERPA and UW–Madison policy require that students and instructors not reveal information about classmates to anyone outside of the class.
Student safety and emergencies
The Dean of Students Office coordinates reporting and interventions for “students of concern”: any student who is displaying behaviors that may interfere with a student’s ability to be successful at the University or disrupts the learning of others. FERPA allows school officials to share critical information about students of concern with appropriate parties. Please read more information provided by the Dean of Students.