FERPA: 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:

FERPA Recommendation Letter Forms

Some FAQs about the FERPA forms

FERPA Recommendation Letter - Internal

This form is to be used when there is a recommendation required for the college in which one is already a student. Some examples of when this form might be used is if a student is applying from a pre- program to a professional program or if a student is applying for a scholarship in their college or at the University.

FERPA Recommendation Letter - External

This form is to be used when there is a recommendation or reference that will be submitted external to Oregon State University.


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.

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.