Protecting personal privacy is a priority at Penn. A proactive approach is being taken to protect the University’s students, faculty, staff, patients, and others in our community.

The Office of Audit, Compliance and Privacy

Oversees privacy compliance at the University. Below are a few of the many areas on privacy that are available on their website.

Confidentiality of Student Records

Managing Your Personal Information

Identity Theft

The Federal Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) (20 U.S.C. § 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99) is a Federal law that protects the privacy of student education records. The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the U.S. Department of Education.

FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when he or she reaches the age of 18 or attends a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are "eligible students."

For more information on FERPA, go to the U.S. Department of Education website.

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