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Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that governs the privacy of student educational records, access to those records, and disclosure of information from them. Faculty and staff are sometimes concerned that disclosing a student’s identity when consulting with other UL Lafayette employees about concerning student behavior violates FERPA. However, discussing a student of concern with the UL Lafayette Dean of Students Office is permitted by FERPA if the discussion relates to the student’s experience at UL Lafayette or could help the University support the student. Additionally, talking with any campus office that can help you help the student or assist the student directly is also permitted by FERPA.