Title

SPJ's Reporter's Guide to FERPA

Department

Communication

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

3-2010

Abstract

The article focuses on the guide to Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) issued by the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ). An overview of FERPA, which was first ratified by the U.S. Congress in 1974 is presented. It states how the misconstrued opinion on a school's release of records under FERPA has denied the public incorrectly. Cases which show a misconstrued understanding in the use of FERPA are summarized.