FERPA is also referred to as the Buckley Amendment, which was originally created in 1974, and named after one of the proponents of the law, former New York Senator James. In my university’s Registrar’s Office, we receive requests to release non-directory student information almost daily, such as student class schedules or the grade received in a certain class. Requests come from a range of sources, including prospective employers, family members of elderly alumni, branches of the military, subpoena by courts or attorneys, and organizations seeking membership. Nevertheless, wherever these requests are generated, employees in my field must follow FERPA law scrupulously because every student’s privacy must be protected in regard to their academic records.
Cantrell, S. G. (2013). FERPA: To release or not to release – That is the question. Journal of Research Initiatives, 1(1), 60-62.