Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - the privacy of student information maintained by the university is protected by FERPA.

FERPA deals with the release of your student education record. 

FERPA affords you certain rights with respect to your education records.

  • Student Rights


    • The right to inspect the record. This must be made in writing to the Office of the Registrar. 

    • The right to correct/amend information on the record. Documentation may be needed.

    • The right to give written consent for records to be released, such as an official transcript.

    • The right to file a complaint with the U.S. Department of Education concerning alleged failures by the university to comply with the requirements of FERPA.

    • The right to prevent the release of any directory information and educational information.

  • Forms


  • Parental Rights


    Under FERPA, once a student reaches the age of 18 or enters college, the rights previously held by the parents transfer exclusively to the student. The payment of a student's tuition by the parent does not, by itself, give the parent the right of access to a student's record.

    Ordinarily, parents of GSU students obtain information about their children's records directly from their children. The university is not required to release information to the parents of a student. 

    The Office of the Registrar may disclose information to parents with the student's written consent. This would entail completing a form authorizing the Office of the Registrar to disclose copies of scholastic and other records to his or her parent.

  • Online Resources