Go FERPA Yourself: Checking Your Student Record

Presented at The Circle Of HOPE (2018), July 20, 2018, 1 p.m. (60 minutes)

Your student record is available to law enforcement, the military, and professional licensing boards - but do you know what it says about you? There's a law for that: the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA, 20 U.S.C. Sec. 1232g). This session covers the mechanics of how to request your record, how to handle some of the ways colleges have tried to wiggle out of turning those records over, and the process for disputing incorrect information (including how to tell if those records are already in the possession of law enforcement).


  • Adam Goldstein
    **Adam Goldstein** (@AdGo) is a program officer with the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education in Washington DC, and an attorney licensed in New York. Prior to that, he was an attorney with the Student Press Law Center, where he helped over 15,000 college and high school journalists with First Amendment and media questions. This is his third HOPE.