What is FERPA All About
In order to conduct daily business, NAU must
maintain a great deal of information about students, and NAU employees
must have access to it.
This information can often be very sensitive, especially in light
of increasingly sophisticated information technologies. It is now
possible to retrieve a variety of information about a student from NAU's
The potential for misuse, whether intentional or not, whether criminal or
not, exists as never before.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) was passed
by Congress in 1974 to prevent just such misuse. The law defines the
rights students have regarding the protection of their