FERPA requests yield limited access to files


About 50 students and alums took advantage of their rights under the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 by sending requests for personal records to the Office of Admission and the Office of the Registrar this academic year, said Dean of Admission Jim Miller ’73. In a typical year, only one or two students request to see their academic files, said Christopher Dennis, deputy dean of the College.

The dramatic uptick comes after Stanford University students created an anonymous newsletter called “The Fountain Hopper” designed to encourage other students to invoke FERPA to receive admission records. The newsletter sparked a wave of current and former students demanding to see their records at colleges and universities across the country.

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