FERPA refers to the Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act of 1974. It's a federal law designed to protect the privacy of education records, to establish the right of students to inspect and review their education records, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate and misleading data through informal and formal hearings. In essence, college students must be permitted to inspect their own educational records; and school officials may not disclose personally identifiable information about students nor permit inspection of their records without their written permission, unless such action is covered by certain exceptions permitted by the Act.

There is some information that can be released under FERPA: directory information, information that the student has given written consent to release, information needed by school officials who have a legitimate educational interest, and information needed by certain government agencies.

All faculty and staff are required to complete FERPA training before being granted access to any of Montana Tech's student information systems (such as Banner, OrediggerWeb, Blackboard, and Nolij). If you require access to any of these systems, please complete the Account Request Form and return it in to Enrollment Services.

To complete your FERPA training, please contact Cathy Isakson at 4060496-4380 or cisakson@mtech.edu.