FERPA — the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as amended — is a federal law that governs the privacy of student education records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them.
FERPA rights apply to anyone who is currently or was ever enrolled for classes at and attended UW–Madison. FERPA coverage begins on the first day of the first term for which students have enrolled for classes. This means FERPA does not apply to applicants.
Respecting the privacy of students’ education records and supporting the principles of FERPA are requirements for all employees of UW–Madison.
For detailed information about FERPA, please visit the links on this page.