What is FERPA?
FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, as Amended. It is commonly known as FERPA, the Privacy Act or the Buckley Amendment. It is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their educational records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings.
release of specified items but does not require
it. Items that may be released are called directory information. Texas A&M University has classified these items as directory information:
|Directory Information Items|
Universal Identification Number (UIN) - effective January 2012
Local Telephone Number
Permanent Telephone Number
Dates of Attendance
Program of Study
Previous Educational Agencies/Institutions Attended
Degrees, Honors, and Awards Received
Participation in Officially Recognized Activities and Sports
Medical Residence Location (Health Science Center students)
Medical Residence Specialization (Health Science Center students)
students wishing to withhold any or all directory information items may do so by going to https://howdy.tamu.edu
and following the steps below:
- Select the "My Information" icon
- From the toolbar drop-down, select "Personal Information"
- Select "Directory Holds"
After this information is entered into the Compass Student Information System, a warning message which indicates the student has blocked his/her information will display when a student's ID number is entered on any Compass form. A "Confidential" notation will also appear in the upper left-hand corner of any Compass form containing student information when a student has restricted the release of any directory item. Check the Compass SWAINFO
form for the specific directory items that have been restricted and may not be released without prior written consent from the student.Items which cannot be identified as directory information are a student's Social Security number, race, religion, national origin, gender, grades, or GPA.