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Annual FERPA Training

The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, is dedicated to following the guidelines set forth by the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), also known as the Buckley Amendment. FERPA is a federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. Students have specific protected rights regarding the release of education records, and the law requires that institutions—especially institutions that receive federal funding—adhere to the guidelines.

Staff and faculty who have access to student information are charged with the responsibility of handling that information in a protective manner that complies with all FERPA regulations. It is, therefore, imperative that all university personnel with access to student information maintain a working knowledge of FERPA requirements before they consider releasing any type of student education record, including grades and grade rolls, class rolls, Degree Audit Reports (DARs), academic history reports, class schedules, etc.

In order to ensure that faculty and staff understand FERPA policies, the Office of the University Registrar has implemented a FERPA training program.

This semester, all Knoxville campus faculty and staff are required to thoroughly review the online presentation that details FERPA policies and procedures. View the FERPA training presentation. You must enter your NetID and password to view the presentation. The registrar will track participation in the program, and we expect to have 100 percent participation by December 8, 2017.

We hope the information is useful to you in your everyday interactions with students and student information. If you have questions, please visit the university’s FERPA website, contact the Office of the University Registrar at 865-974-1501, or email