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Family Educational Records Privacy Act (FERPA)

Student records at UCLA are governed by a special set of regulations called the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act, or FERPA, which was enacted in 1974 by federal legislation.

According to the UCLA Registrar's Office, "FERPA gives students in postsecondary institutions full rights over their records. That is, FERPA guarantees that students can inspect and review their records, seek to amend those records, and even have some control over the disclosure of information from those records. Once the individual enters a postsecondary institution, parents cease to have rights of access to student records. The student alone authorizes access to the records maintained by the institution of higher education. Furthermore, should the institution not abide by FERPA, the student has the right to bring a complaint against the institution before the federal government."

If you have questions, check our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for Students and for Parents, as well as the relevant section of this website. If you cannot find the answer to your question, and it is general in nature, you are welcome to contact our office. However, we recommend that you ask your daughter or son to contact us with your question, as we are able to respond to all student inquiries. Under FERPA, there is certain information that we will not be able to provide to anyone other than the student.

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