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FERPA and Parent Access

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) of 1974, sometimes known as the Buckley Amendment, mandates that, with the exception of “directory information,” no student data can be released without the written permission of the student. Parent access to information can be granted by the student through an option on the student’s AppalNet account.

For students to grant a FERPA release (opens in a new tab) to their parents, guardians, or spouse to access their student information, they should log into their AppalNET account, click on the student tab and then click on the Parent Access link. They will need to enter the name of the party to whom they are granting access and create a 6-digit personal identification number (PIN) for this party. There are six different areas of access:

  • Academic Records
  • Housing Records
  • Financial Aid Records
  • Student Account Records
  • Student Conduct Records
  • Disability Services Records

Please read the University Policy Statement (opens in a new tab) or visit the Office of the Registrar (opens in a new tab) for more information.