Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 (FERPA)

The Buckley Amendment

The Buckley Amendment was designed to establish the rights of students, to inspect and review their education records, prevent the release of educational records to third parties without permission of the student, and to provide guidelines for the correction of inaccurate or misleading data through formal and informal hearings. Students also have the right to file complaints with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act office (FERPA) concerning alleged failures by the institution to comply with the Act. The University System Policy to the Buckley Amendment may be found in the Students Rights, Rules and Responsibilities published each fall by the University.

One part of the Act allows "directory" information to be made available to third parties without requiring permission of the student. At UNH, directory information consists of:

  • Students name, address, telephone number, and email address
  • Major field of study
  • Participation in officially recognized sports or activities
  • Weight and height of members of athletic teams
  • Dates of attendance
  • Degrees and awards received
  • Most recent previous educational institution or agency attended by the student
  • Class
  • Honors
  • Enrollment Status

If you do not want the above information disclosed as public or "directory" information and do not want your records released to honor societies, you must complete a Non-Disclosure Form.

NOTE: grades are also considered "directory" information to the extent that honor rolls may be published. Transcripts of students' academic records or students' g.p.a. may be released to the faculty advisers of officially recognized honor societies on campus upon request unless the student has filed an objection to this specific procedure with the Office of the Registrar. Only faculty members and appropriate administrators have the right to access student records. 

At UNH, students may grant a parent, or other individual of the student's choosing, access to their educational record. Consent is granted by the student through the Parent Portal. Students select to share specific types of information including semester grades, billing and payment information. Parents cannot authorize disclosure of information about a student to a third party.