Special “DON’TS” for Faculty and Support Staff

A list of recommendations to avoid violations of FERPA rules.


To avoid violations of FERPA rules, DO NOT:

  • at any time use a student’s Social Security Number (or any portion) in a public posting of grades
  • ever link the name of a student with that student’s social security number or ID number in any public manner
  • leave graded tests in a stack for students to pick up by allowing students to sort through the papers of all students
  • circulate a printed class list with student name and social security number or grades as an attendance roster
  • discuss the progress of any student with anyone other than the student (including parents) without the written consent of the student
  • provide anyone with lists of students enrolled in your classes for any commercial purpose

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