FERPA stands for Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (sometimes called the Buckley Amendment).    Passed by Congress in 1974, the Act grants four specific rights to the adult student:

  1. The right to see the information that an institution is keeping on the student

  2. The right to seek amendment to those records and, in certain cases, append a statement to the record

  3. The right to consent to disclosure of his/her records

  4. The right to file a complaint with the FERPA Office in Washington