Guidance in Technology

FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, is a federal law is designed to help protect the privacy of student education records. Additionally, this law established the right for students to inspect and review their education records.

When looking at the variety of teaching tools available through the internet. it is important to keep FERPA in mind. In general, if you are signing up for third-party web-based service as an individual rather than under an enterprise agreement that is negotiated by the College, sharing student educational records with the third party will likely violate FERPA. Basically, if you intend to store student names and grades in any of these services or provide these services with access to emails or documents in your Google drive that contain such information, you're likely violating FERPA.

For more information on the FERPA policy, click here.