Privacy of Records

FERPA – Right to Privacy

What is FERPA? FERPA stands for the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974. This legislation protects the privacy of your student records and regulates how information is utilized. Release of student records at Oregon State University is bound by the federal law (FERPA), the Oregon Revised Statutes, and by the Oregon Administrative Rules.

To learn more about FERPA, please review these sources:


NO information may be released about students who have established confidentiality of their records.

Students may restrict the release of their student information by completing a Confidentiality Request form. The Confidentiality Restriction prevents employees of OSU from providing any information, directory or confidential, to anyone. When a confidentiality restriction is in place we can only discuss a student’s record with the student if they are there in person with picture identification.

Blackboard Access for T.A.'s

Instructors wishing to grant their teaching assistants access to course information in Blackboard should follow the instructions provided in this section.

Clery Act

The university posts campus security statistics in compliance with the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Campus Crime Statistics Act.

Guidelines for Release of Information

If you receive a request for information follow these guidelines to determine what, if any, information can be released.

Retention & Statistics

This section provides information about record retention requirements and statistical information available for the university.