Office of Student Life

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.