In a continuing effort to alert the campus community to the importance of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA), I ask that you review the University’s FERPA Guidelines.

FERPA, also known as the Buckley Amendment, is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records. The law provides rights primarily for the student, regardless of age, once he or she enrolls at an institution of higher education. It also establishes procedures for students to inspect and review their education records and to request amendment or correction of records that a student believes to be inaccurate, misleading, or a violation of privacy rights. These procedures are administered by Kathy Galvez at (718.982.2355).  Relevant forms and the student notification of rights may be found online.

Given the onset of final exams, I also want to advise you of opportunities through the Faculty Center for Professional Development, in the Library (Building 1L), Room 208,  to attend Semester Wrap-up Clinics that focus on, among other items, how to post final grades and assignments within Blackboard for student view as allowed by FERPA regulations.  The clinics will be held beginning Wednesday, May 15 until Wednesday, May 28 between 10:00am and 4:00pm.  The clinics are walk-in, “first- come, first-served” sessions that require no appointment.

Please contact me if you have any questions.