Student Data Privacy

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their educational records.

Re-disclosure of Non-directory Student Information

Under FERPA (Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974), third parties that have appropriately received non-directory information cannot disclose any data to another third party unless that other third party would have had initial eligibility to have received the information directly. Any such re-disclosure must be done on behalf of the institution and  must be recorded with the name of the party to whom data was re-disclosed and the legitimate interest that party had to the data.

Destruction/Disposal of Education Records

Per the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), NDSU is responsible for maintaining a record of each request for access for personally identifiable information from education records. Furthermore, any personally identifiable student data that is released to authorized individuals, including state educational authorities, whether in electronic or hard-copy format, must be protected to ensure the confidentiality of the student information. FERPA also requires the proper destruction of information once it is no longer needed for its original purpose.

The disposal of Student Records must occur in accord with NDSU and state retention schedules. Any document (paper, form, microfilm, report, etc.) that contains personally identifiable student information, even if it is not considered to be an official student record, must be destroyed in a secure manner. Such documents include but are not limited to computer-generated files, microfilm/fiche, notes, letters/memos, and forms. See Disposal Resources.


HAVE QUESTIONS about Student Privacy Policy or FERPA?... Please contact:

Office of Registration and Records
110 Ceres Hall
NDSU Dept. 2801/ P.O. Box 6050 / Fargo, ND 58108-6050
701-231-7981 (local) / 800-608-6378 (toll free) / 701-231-8959 (fax) 

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