The protection of the privacy of students’ educational information is governed by the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA). Educational records include any records, in any medium, that include, but are not limited to, a student’s name and ID number, class rosters, grade lists, student employment records, and student disciplinary records. Educational records do not include private notes, medical and counseling records, law enforcement records, and observable behavior. The records of anyone currently enrolled at UW-Madison, or who has been enrolled at any time in the past, are protected by FERPA.
FERPA allows the disclosure of educational records, without student consent, ONLY to university official with a legitimate educational interest. All other disclosures require student consent.
For more information, please see the Office of the Registrar’s Student Privacy Rights page.