FERPA Considerations

Is there anything FERPA doesn’t allow you to share with the Care Team?  In short, no.

In relation to the Care Team, FERPA affords flexibility to correspond with University administrators and faculty, when the information being provided is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

FERPA provides many specific exceptions when faculty and staff can disclose education records without specific student consent.  Many of these exceptions are provided in the regulations to allow for the reasonable and practical workings of an educational institution.

One of the key exceptions is when the disclosure is to other school officials within the University who have “legitimate educational interests.”  NDSU’s annual notice defines legitimate educational interests.  Specifically, this includes those who have a need to review the educational record in order to fulfill their responsibilities.

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