FERPA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

 

FERPA AND LAW ENFORCEMENT

There are times when staff are confronted by law enforcement to provide information on a student’s class schedule, or some other release of educational records. In general, class schedule information should not be released but there are a few exceptions. The law allows the release of limited information to the appropriate law enforcement personnel under the health and safety exemption, such as when:

  • There is imminent danger to a student or to the community
  • There is a need to release the information for safety reasons and the prompt action of law enforcement is necessary (e.g., restraining orders or arrests)

 In these situations, staff should never make the determination to release the information, but should consult with James Bottoni (243-4552) or Carolyn Jarrett (243-4448) for guidance.