The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act requires that anyone with access to student records (which includes, but is not limited to class enrollments) must understand and abide by the law concerning how information is released and to whom. Prior to receiving security access to student information on myZou, individuals must pass a FERPA test, verifying a working knowledge of the law.
You only need to take the FERPA Quiz if you are EMPLOYED by the University of Missouri, University of Missouri Hospital and Clinics and/or MU Extension AND your job at the University requires you to view student information, which includes HR and Fiscal information on student workers, volunteers, etc.
The FERPA quiz is located in BlackBoard where you have the ability to self enroll in the tutorial. (Use Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox)
Use the following steps to self enroll in the FERPA Tutorial in Blackboard.
- Navigate to Blackboard (https://bblearn.missouri.edu)
- Log in to Blackboard using your PawPrint and Password
- Click "My Organizations"
- Enter "FERPA" in the Organization Search box.
- Click Go
- Alternative Navigation: Click the Training & Tutorials folder under Organization Catalog
The FERPA Tutorial will now show in your "My Organizations" section of your My Blackboard page.
The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act of 1974 is a federal law designed to protect the privacy of educational records; to establish the rights 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. The law applies to any individual who is or has been in attendance at an institution and regarding whom the institution maintains educational records.
Once students have matriculated to the University of Missouri, i.e. enrolled in course work, FERPA rights transfer to the student, regardless of the student’s age.
MU's FERPA Tutorial Information
The University of Missouri is committed to protecting the privacy rights of its students. In consideration of that commitment, a systematic training of all employees with access to student information is critical to successful Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) compliance. FERPA establishes the legal framework in which each institution must work. Some of the parameters call for further definition by each institution.
This course will provide you with information on FERPA and the University of Missouri policies for complying with FERPA. It was designed for faculty and staff who come in contact with student records. If your job requires you to handle student records, you must be familiar with FERPA.
Once you submit the quiz, your results will be graded and recorded. You must get a passing grade (85% or greater) in order to qualify as FERPA-compliant and be eligible to receive a sign-on ID to enter the myZou system. Also, you will need to print the results of your FERPA test (instructions can be found in the How To Print FERPA Score section of the FERPA Tutorial) and return it to your supervisor.
If at any time you have a question about releasing student records, and you cannot find the answer in the FERPA Tutorial, contact the Office of the University Registrar for assistance.