FERPA and Parents

When a student attends a postsecondary institution, regardless of age, FERPA rights transfer to the student. Parents become a third party. Like any other third party, parents may obtain information designated by the institution as directory information at the institution’s discretion. Any other student information will not be released to parents without the student’s consent. (An exception would be in the case of an emergency or safety situation or the underage student has been found in violation of a substance abuse law or violation.)

Definition – Directory Information

Information contained in an education record of a student “that would not generally be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if disclosed.” Each institutions designates what it considers to be directory information for its students. At Duke, directory information is as follows:

  • Name(s)
  • Addresses
  • Duke Unique ID
  • Telephone listing(s)
  • Email Addresses
  • Place of birth
  • Photograph(s)
  • Major fields of study
  • Participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent previous educational institution attended
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