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FERPA Certification

What is FERPA

FERPA (Family Educational Rights & Privacy Act)  1) allows current and former students access to their own educational records and 2) ensures the privacy of their records. All University employees are legally and ethically obligated to protect the confidentiality of student records.

Who should take FERPA Certification

  • Any Faculty or Staff member who plans to apply for SPIRE access.

  • Undergraduate TA's - In addition to completing the FERPA Certification, navigate to SPIRE:
    Main Menu > Student Home > TA FERPA Agreement
    (Be sure to read the reminder, then click the button.)

  • Student Employees.

  • Anyone who has access to student records.

Get FERPA Certified

Complete FERPA Certification training online. Log on with your NetID and Password.

FERPA Resources

About FERPA (Dean of Students Office's Guidelines for Disclosing Student Information)

FERPA PowerPoint Tutorial (A review of FERPA's provisions and how they are applied at UMass Amherst)


Remember that FERPA Certification is required to gain access to student information pages in SPIRE.