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

The Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974 (“Buckley Amendment”) was designed to establish the rights of students, to inspect and review their education records, prevent the release of educational records to third parties without permission of the student, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through formal and informal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. The University System Policy to FERPA may be found in the Students Rights and Rules published each fall by the University.

One part of the Act allows "directory" information to be made available to third parties without requiring permission of the student. At UNH, directory information consists of:

  • Students name, address, telephone number, and email address
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized sports or activities
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of Attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent previous educational institution or agency attended by the student
  • Class
  • Honors


Office of the Registrar, Fourth Floor

Release of Student Information Form