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U.S. Department of Education FERPA Online Training

This online training course was developed by the Privacy Technical Assistance Center of the U.S. Department of Education as an introduction to the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), and its requirements relating to the privacy and security of Personally Identifiable Information (PII) in student records.  This course addresses FERPA basics, explores requirements for the protection of student records for Colleges, Universities and other postsecondary institutions, addresses who may and may not access student records, when those records may be shared, and discusses several of the applicable exceptions to the FERPA requirement for consent.

The University is legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records. To be granted access to student records, you must complete this training and share the certificate with your supervisor. 

Please review our FERPA page for detailed information regarding Stony Brook University's FERPA Policy which may exceed U.S. Department of Education Standards. 

What should I expect to gain from this tutorial?

  • Knowledge of laws and policies governing acceptable use and release of student records.
  • An understanding of your responsibilities in complying with these laws and policies.
  • An understanding of how to protect a student's right to privacy.

Begin training for  FERPA 101: FOR COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES