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The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Investigators seeking to collect any student education record may be subjects to additional consenting requirements for the disclosure of a subject's record.

 For more information about FERPA, please visit the U.S. Department of Education website located at: 

  • For information about how FERPA applies for studies conducted with Penn State students, please visit the Penn State’s registrar website at:
  • Please read the following information provided by the Office of the University Registrar regarding the responsibilities of investigators using student educational records in their research: FERPA Guidelines for Researchers 
  • For information about how FERPA applies to students at another institution where the research will be conducted, please contact that institution.



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The Human Research Protection Program in the Office for Research Protections ensures compliance with Federal, state, and local regulations as well as institutional policies and procedures regarding the use of humans as participants in research.

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