As the official repositories for student education records, the Office of the University Registrar (OUR) and the divisional registrar/records offices are committed to safeguarding student information and maintaining compliance with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) (FERPA).
What is FERPA?
FERPA is a federal law regarding the privacy of student education records and the related requirements of educational institutions, primarily in the areas of education record access and information release.
FERPA Terms and Definitions
FERPA includes definitions for several key terms used throughout the regulations; other terms are operationally defined by JHU.
Under the terms of FERPA, directory information is information contained in the education records of a student that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed. FERPA provides students with the right to restrict the release of their directory information.
The OUR facilitates student requests under FERPA at JHU.
Click the button below to access FERPA-related resources for JHU students, faculty and staff.
Data privacy is everyone’s business! University employees have a crucial role to play in protecting the privacy of student data and the other sensitive information handled as part of university business. When handling student data and other sensitive information, always consider privacy implications.