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FERPA, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974, is a federal law that pertains to the release of and access to educational records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children’s education records. These rights are transferred to the student when he/she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high-school level.

John Cabot University may not release directory information contained in a student's education records, on the basis of Italian legislative decree n. 196 dated 30 June 2003.

Download the Ferpa Release Form below.


What are my rights under FERPA?
Under FERPA, you have a right to:

  • inspect and review your educational records
  • request to amend your educational records
  • have  some control over  the  disclosure of information  from your educational records

Who can access my educational records?   
Your educational records are confidential and may be disclosed to:

  • appropriate  University  administrators,  faculty  and  staff  members  who require such access in order  to perform  their legitimate educational and business duties
  • to  those to whom you have given express, written permission by signing  the FERPA Release Form

When do FERPA rights begin?   
Your FERPA rights begin when you enroll; that is, when you have registered, paid and classes have begun.

Can my parents get information about me?   
Without your express, written permission, your parents, like all other third parties, may have access only  to your directory information. If you have  restricted  some or all of your directory information from access by the public, then those items of directory information are considered confidential, and cannot be released to your parents or other third parties. 

Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
Direct general questions to the Registrar's Office.

For further and more detailed information about FERPA refer to the US Department of Education's website.



May I access my child’s student record?
At the post-secondary level, parents have no inherent right to access or inspect their son's or daughter's educational records. The right of access is limited solely to the student.

May I view my child’s grades, exams or obtain information regarding his/her academic progress?
Final grades, grades on exams, and other information about academic progress are examples of the confidential information that makes up part of a student's educational record. This information is protected under FERPA and parents do not have access to it unless the student has provided express, written authorization.

What about crisis or emergency situations?
If non-directory information is needed to resolve a crisis or emergency, an educational institution may release that information if the institution determines that the information is necessary to protect the health or safety of the student or other individuals.

Whom should I contact with questions or concerns?
Direct general questions to the Registrar's Office at

For further and more detailed information about FERPA refer to the US Department of Education's website.