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(CB-95-07) (CB-95-07) Changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

DCLPublicationDate: 5/1/95
DCLID: CB-95-7
Summary: Changes to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

May 1995


The final regulations implementing changes to the Family
Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) were published in the
Federal Register on January 17, 1995. The changes to the
regulations were necessary to implement a statutory amendment
made to FERPA by the Higher Education Amendments of 1992 which
allows educational agencies and institutions to publicly disclose
records created and maintained by school law enforcement units.
Previously, those records generally could not be released to
anyone but local law enforcement officials. In case you did not
see the notice in the Federal Register, enclosed is a copy.

Also enclosed is a Customer Survey concerning FERPA. I hope that
you will take the time to respond to the questions on the survey.
The Department of Education, along with other Federal agencies,
is presently undergoing a Regulatory Reinvention Initiative. As
part of this initiative, we are contacting some of our customers
around the country to determine how the FERPA statute and
regulations are perceived by those most directly affected by the
law. The Department is particularly interested in how our
regulatory and enforcement activities can be modified to achieve
the greatest flexibility and least burden possible. Your
response to this survey will be an important part of a detailed
review we are conducting of FERPA. Feel free to make copies for
appropriate officials at your institution to complete. Please
return your completed survey no later than June 1.

Should you have any questions regarding the enclosed regulations
and survey in particular or FERPA in general, you may contact:

Family Policy Compliance Office
U.S. Department of Education
600 Independence Avenue, SW
Washington, DC 20202-4605
(202) 260-3887


LeRoy S. Rooker
Family Policy Compliance Office


Last Modified: 04/30/1995