Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records by restricting the release of and access to those records. Any record, with certain exceptions, maintained by an institution that is directly related to a student or students is an education record. This means any and all information, maintained in any medium, that is directly related to students and from which students can be personally identified is governed by FERPA.


  • Discuss, without written consent, the progress of any student with anyone (including parents/guardians) other than the student.
  • Make publicly available any student's social security number or URI Student ID number.
  • Leave graded materials in a stack for people to sort through.
  • Give anyone student schedules or assist anyone, other than authorized University offices, with finding a student on campus.
  • Provide anyone with class rosters.

Examples of Private Student Information

  • Full name
  • Social security number
  • University ID
  • Email address
  • Campus or home address
  • Grades/exam scores
  • Grade point average (GPA)

Managing eCampus FERPA Restrictions

URI Student Directory information is information contained in a student education record that would generally not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. While institutions may designate and release specified items, students have the right to and may place a directory hold on any or all of this information.

To manage your FERPA restrictions, log into eCampus and go to:

  • Home > Self Service > Campus Personal Information > FERPA Restrictions

Please remember that restricting access to all information also has certain ramifications, such as your name not being printed in the graduation list when you are a graduating senior. In this case, your name would also not be released to local newspapers as a potential graduate.

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