Protecting the Confidentiality of Student Information
If you work for an educational institution, you likely handle or encounter confidential student information on a daily basis. Test scores, transcripts, financial information, reprimands, all of this data is vital to the educational wellbeing of every student and needs to be safeguarded against unauthorized access.
Protecting this information is the goal of FERPA, which stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. Passed in 1974, FERPA protects the confidentiality of student education records in any educational agency or institution (e.g. public or private elementary, secondary, or post-secondary school) that receives federal funding.
FERPA regulations are enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Family Policy Compliance Office, which responds to complaints of alleged abuse of student records. If found to be in noncompliance with these rules, an educational intuition receiving federal funds may suffer the following consequences:
- Loss of federal funding
- Fine and/or jail time
- Employee dismissal
The purpose of MediaPro’s FERPA training is to acquaint all employees with the key principles of FERPA and to establish an employee’s understanding and acceptance of the requirements they’re held to in handling and granting access to confidential student information. This training uses an interactive approach designed to engage the learner and ensure retention of the learning content.
FERPA Training Topics
- Overview of the FERPA regulations
- What constitutes educational documents and records
- Recognition of student and parent rights to records access
- Identification of what records can be released with (or without) student consent
- Consequences for noncompliance
FERPA Training Course Features
- Highly engaging content with interactive elements
- Real-life examples and applications
- SCORM and AICC compliant for easy LMS integration
- Easily tailored or customized
- Award-winning design