The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (or FERPA) is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of a student's educational, financial and health records. Without the appropriate student information releases, student account and academic records cannot be discussed with a parent, guardian, spouse, or other parties.
More information about FERPA:
The Ohio State University’s policy concerning privacy and the release of student education records:
Privacy and Release of Student Record Information:
Creating an Information Release
Students can grant parents or guardians or other designees information releases so that their educational records can be discussed.
Students must click on the Student Information Release in the Personal Information section of their Student Center, available via www.buckeyelink.osu.edu.
Students should fill in the requested Designee Information, and chose a unique access code for each designee to use to validate their identity when seeking informatoin about the student from the University.
More than one designee can be selected for each of the following: Academic Information Release, Account Information Release, Financial Aid Information Release.