Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)


Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) Policy and Overview

What is FERPA?

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (also called the Buckley Amendment) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student educational records.

Educational records as defined by F.E.R.P.A. are those records, with certain exceptions, that are maintained by the State University of New York College at Plattsburgh, which include a student's name or students' names on them. These include files, documents, and materials in any medium (i.e. electronic, handwritten, print, tapes, film, microfilm, microfiche), which contain information directly related to students and from which students can be individually identified.

What is Directory Information?

Directory information is information contained in an educational record that would not be considered harmful or an invasion of privacy if released.

Directory information at State University of New York College at Plattsburgh includes, but is not limited to:

  • student's name, address and telephone listing
  • electronic mail address
  • date of birth
  • major field of study
  • dates of attendance
  • grade level
  • enrollment status, (e.g. undergraduate or graduate; full-time or part-time)
  • participation in officially recognized activities and sports
  • weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • degrees, honors and awards received
  • most recent educational agency or institution attended
  • photos of students

Social security numbers, student identification numbers (i.e. Banner id), race, ethnicity, nationality, and gender are NEVER considered directory information and may not be released.

 Official FERPA government link

Contact Information

For more information, please contact the Registrar's Office:

Phone: (518) 564-2100
Fax: (518) 564-4900
Email: [email protected]

Mailing Address:
The Office of the Registrar
Plattsburgh State University of New York
101 Broad St
Plattsburgh, NY 12901