The Educational Privacy Act is an aspect of education law that protects students from having their records released without their knowledge or consent. It applies to students who attend any educational institution that receives federal funding from the government. The Educational Privacy Act is also known as the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA); it is sometimes referred to as the Buckley Amendment. Whatever you choose to call it, it’s an important piece of education law that safeguards a student's right to privacy.
Under the Educational Privacy Act, a student's school records cannot be released on demand; the student must legally provide their consent prior to having their records shared with outside parties. If a school violates this component of education law, the school has committed a criminal offense.
What to Do If Your School Has Violated The Educational Privacy Act
Breaking education law is a serious infraction. If the school is found guilty, they will likely lose federal funding. It's important to understand that while the Educational Privacy Act protects your privacy rights as a student, it doesn't give you the right to sue the offending school. In order to sue, you would have to hire an education law attorney and pursue a civil rights violation case. In this instance, your civil right to privacy, as outlined in the Educational Privacy Act, was violated. With over 30 years' experience in education law, Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law serves clients throughout the Lexington, Kentucky, area; he knows how crucial it is for student records to remain safe and confidential, especially in an era of hacking, identity theft, and electronic sharing of sensitive information.
Call Edward E. Dove, Attorney at Law at (859) 252-0020 to schedule a consultation with the education law attorney. You can also follow his firm on Google+ to stay up to date on all the latest news in education law. You have rights as a student; get the support you need in safeguarding them.