The Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA)

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), an office of the Department of Education, is also known as the Buckley Amendment. It was enacted in 1974 to help protect the privacy of student’s educational records. Educational Records include any records in the possession of an employee, which are shared with or accessible to another individual. This would include transcripts or other records obtained from a school in which a student was previously enrolled.

Students who are currently enrolled at Oak Hills Christian College or formerly enrolled students, regardless of their age or status in regard to parental dependency are protected under FERPA. Parents of students termed dependent for income tax purposes may have access to the student’s educational records. To verify a student’s dependency, a current Income Tax Return of the parent must be submitted with the student’s name on it as a dependent. Parents may also have access to educational records of their children by obtaining the signed, written consent of the student. The written request must include the date of the request, academic school year, the name of the student, and the specific records requested must be named. Requests must be updated each school year.

FERPA General Guidance for Parents

Mary Hannah, Registrar (888) 751-8670 registrar@oakhills.edu