As stated above, FERPA stands for The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act. It is the U.S. federal law that governs release and access to student educational records. The purpose of this law is to protect the rights of students and to ensure the privacy and accuracy of educational records. The act applies to all institutions that are recipients of federal aid administered by the U.S. Department of Education. Under FERPA, you have various rights and privacy controls that you can set. These controls and rights are detailed below.
Students have three important YES/NO privacy settings. Your decision on these settings is first requested during orientation. We then ask you to review them every semester during check-in to make sure they are accurate and up-to-date:
When you begin your studies at AUP, the default privacy settings are as follows:
From the first day you attend classes at AUP, your records are protected under FERPA. At the beginning of each semester, as part of the check-in process, you will be asked to confirm or change your privacy settings, but you can change these settings at any time online.Once you graduate, we will respect your privacy settings as you last updated them when you were a student. If you want to change your privacy settings after graduation, please make sure to contact the Registrar's Office directly.
AUP will never release any information from categories set to “no” without your express written permission, except in the following cases:
You are protected by FERPA from your first day of classes at The American University of Paris. Under both FERPA and the GDPR you have rights pertaining to your personal data. Under FERPA specifically you have the following rights:
Since all AUP students are “eligible students” under FERPA, parents do not have free access to their children’s records—even if they pay the bills. If the “grade release” record is set to “yes”, only parents who are listed as the financially responsible person will receive a grade summary and invoice every semester. But they still have to be authorized by their children to receive any supplementary information.