Berklee Summer Programs: Student Privacy Laws

Updated on June 5th, 2023

The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 20 U.S.C. S 1232g; 34 CFR Part 99, is a federal law that protects the privacy of the education records of students who are 18 years old and older.

All Berklee Staff must comply with this federal law. They cannot provide parents or family members with information about students concerning grades, academic standing, attendance, or other qualifying non-directory information without the written consent of the student. Please note that regardless of the student's age, Berklee staff may decline to share information protected by FERPA over email or other non-secure sources of communication where we cannot verify the requestor's identity. Given that Berklee is a higher education institution and our Summer Programs are academic in nature, Berklee Summer Programs students, regardless of age, are protected under this policy.

Directory information that can be shared includes name, enrollment status, graduation status, semester level, program, major, principal instrument, dates of attendance, college email address, and hometown.

As described by the US Department of Education, "The law applies to all schools that receive funds under an applicable program of the US Department of Education. FERPA gives parents certain rights with respect to their children's education records. These rights transfer to the student when they reach the age of 18 or attend a school beyond the high school level. Students to whom the rights have transferred are 'eligible students'... Schools must have written permission from the...eligible student in order to release any information from a student's education record."