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Family Education Rights and Privacy Act

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
  • 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.