Step 16: Know your Privacy Rights & Responsibilities

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records.

Privacy of Records
Under federal law, a student’s records (including grades, GPA, class schedule, tuition and billing records, and more) cannot be disclosed to anyone else, even parents, without the student’s written authorization (some exceptions apply). To learn more about your FERPA rights, Go To the Privacy Information for Students web page.

Student Consent to Release Information Form
If you wish to allow someone else to view your education records, you must submit the Student Consent to Release Information Form authorizing access for each person to your USF academic or financial records. Visit the Student Consent to Release Information and Registration and Student Records Forms web pages to submit the form.

If You Do Not Submit the Student Consent to Release Information Form
If you do not submit the Student Consent to Release Information Form to authorize your parents or others to have access to your records, USF will not disclose any information about you to them. This means, for example, that USF will not release information about your student account balance, even to someone who is helping you to pay your tuition.

Deadline: You should understand your privacy rights and responsibilities before you arrive on campus.


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