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FERPA & Confidentiallity

Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act

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.  As a result, universities cannot release student's information, including the fact that they are undocumented, except under very specific circumstances, such as a court order.  For more information about what can be released about students and the campus policy statement, please refer to the Privacy Rights of Student's Educational Record on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act homepage.


AB 540 requires that state colleges and universities keep student information confidential.  A student's immigration status cannot and will not be reported to U.S. Department of Homeland Security .