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FERPA. Prepared by The Office of the Registrar Youngstown State University February, 2009 . What is FERPA?. Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 Also known as the Buckley Amendment. Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974. A federal law designed to:

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    1. FERPA Prepared by The Office of the Registrar Youngstown State University February, 2009

    2. What is FERPA? • Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 • Also known as the Buckley Amendment

    3. Family Educational Right and Privacy Act of 1974 A federal law designed to: • protect the privacy of education records; • establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records; • provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings

    4. How FERPA relates to you • YSU recognizes the importance of protecting the confidentiality of student information while complying fully with FERPA . • As an administrator or staff member, who may have responsibilities for providing assistance to, or authorization for, other staff to access student information, you should be aware of existing laws and regulations regarding release of such information.

    5. Who is protected under FERPA? • Current and former students of a post-secondary institution. • At YSU this means a student who is officially registered for at least one class and that class has started. • FERPA rights continue after the student leaves the institution and are only terminated upon the death of the student.

    6. Who is not Protected under FERPA? • Applicants who are denied admission, or accepted applicants that have never attended YSU.

    7. Student Rights to Educational Records • A student is someone who attends or may have attended YSU. • Students are entitled to access and challenge the content of their educational record. • Students have a right to expect that information in their educational record will be kept confidential.

    8. Parent Rights to Educational Records • Parents may obtain directory information. • Parents may obtain non-directory information by obtaining a signed consent from their child.

    9. What are Educational Records? • All records that directly relate to a student and are maintained by an institution. • These records can be in any form: handwritten, print, film, electronic, microfiche, etc.

    10. What is not an educational record? • Private notes held by a school official that are not accessible or released to other personnel. • Law enforcement records maintained solely for law enforcement purposes and revealed only to law enforcement agencies. • Medical records created by a health care professional used only for the medical/health treatment of the student.

    11. What information can be released? • Directory information; • Information that the student has given written consent to release; • Information needed by University officials who have a legitimate educational interest; • Information needed by certain government agencies.

    12. Directory information at YSU • Name • Address • Classification (freshman) • Enrollment status (full time) • Participation in YSU official activities • Dates of attendance • Degrees and certificates

    13. Directory Information can never include: • YSU ID • Social Security Number • Grades • GPA • Academic Standing • Student Class Schedule • Any information that is not listed as directory information

    14. Exceptions that permit the release of information without the student’s consent • School officials with legitimate educational interests.

    15. What is a legitimate educational interest? • A school official has a legitimate educational interest if the official needs to review an education record in order to fulfill his or her professional responsibilities for the University. • A school official is a person employed by YSU in an administrative, supervisory, academic or support staff position including law enforcement.

    16. How does increasing technology impact FERPA at YSU? • Technology has dramatically changed the way we process records. • Electronic data will eventually replace most paper documents. • The same principals of confidentiality must also be applied to electronic data.

    17. FERPA Pointers • When in doubt – don’t give it out! • Call the Office of the Registrar with any questions: 330-941-3178. • Confidential information on a computer screen should not be left viewable on an unattended computer and password information should remain secured. • Any records containing a SSN, YSU ID number, or grades should be shredded.

    18. What is HIPAA? • Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996. • Established within the Clinton administration’s health care reform policy. • It requires organizations exchanging transactions for health care to follow national implementation guidelines.

    19. 5 Titles of HIPAA • Title I of HIPAA protects health insurance coverage for workers and their families when they change or lose their jobs. • Title II of HIPAA, known as the Administrative Simplification (AS) provisions, requires the establishment of national standards for electronic health care transactions. It helps people keep their information private. • The Administration Simplification provisions also address the security and privacy of health data.

    20. 5 Titles of HIPAA (Continued) • Title III, Tax-related health provisions, standardizes the amount you can save per person in a pre-tax medical savings account. • Title IV, Application and enforcement of group health plan requirements, broadened information on insurance reform provisions and provide detailed explanations. • Title V, Revenue offsets, are regulations on how employers can deduct company-owned life insurance premiums for income tax purposes.

    21. Who needs to comply with HIPAA ? • Health and life insurers • Employers who provide health insurance • Anyone who uses health care or health insurance • Public health authorities • Billing Agencies • Health service organizations

    22. FERPA VS HIPAA • FERPA has a different focus than HIPAA. • HIPAA protects all medical information gained in the course of treatment. • FERPA applies only to information in student records.

    23. FERPA RESOURSE GUIDE • United States Department of Education, Family policy Compliance Office: http://www.ed.gov/policy/gen/guid/fpco/ferpa • YSU web site: http://www.ysu.edu/records/ferpa.html • Jeanne Herman, Interim University Registrar, 330-941-2349, jmherman@ysu.edu

    24. HIPAA Resources Guide • US Department of Health and Human services http://www.hhs.gov/ocr/privacy/index.html • Kathleen Bouquet, Manager of Employee Benefits, 330-941-1322, kabouquet@ysu.edu