Known as FERPA for short, this law
If a student requests in writing the opportunity to review his/her educational records, the request will be honored. Records and files customarily open for a student inspection, such as transcripts, will be accessible without written request. All requests must be made through the Registrar’s office. If the student’s parents submit financial and tax information for financial aid purposes, it is submitted in confidence and it is not accessible to the student without the parent’s permission.
FERPA guarantees students' right to inspect and review information contained in their education records, to challenge the content of their records, to have a hearing if the outcome of the challenge is unsatisfactory, and to submit explanatory statements for inclusion in their files if the decisions of the hearing panels are unacceptable to the student. FERPA permits public release of what is called “directory information.” This information includes the student’s name, address, phone number, date of birth, field of study, dates of attendance, degrees awarded and the most recent previous educational institution attended by the student. If the student does not wish the above information released by the Academy, the student must notify the Registrar by September 30.