Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. If a student is enrolled in a postsecondary institution - at any age - the rights under FERPA transfer to the student; however, FERPA's provisions allowing the disclosure of information to parents of students who are dependents for income tax purposes applies to most dual credit students.
This exception allows Vincennes University to share student records and information with parents or guardians without prior consent from the student. Parents retain the rights under FERPA at the high school and may review any records sent to the high school by the postsecondary institution.
In accordance with state guidelines, as well as program policies and procedures, Vincennes University and the high school or career center may share records and information for students enrolled in VU dual credit courses.
For more information, please visit the US Department of Education FERPA site.