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: www.ed.gov 

  • For information about how FERPA applies for studies conducted with Penn State students, please visit the Penn State’s registrar website at: www.registrar.psu.edu/
  • 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.