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As an instructor, you cannot discuss a student's grade or any other aspect of his/her educational record with anyone other than that studentónot even with his/her parents or prospective employer. Federal law, the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), protects the privacy of students' educational records. According to the law and University policy, students have "the right to consent to disclosures of personally identifiable information contained in the student's educational records, except to the extent that FERPA authorizes disclosure without consent" (University Regulations 2007-2008, www.purdue.edu/univregs/pages/stu_rec/stu_rec.html). This has implications for how you handle requests for information about a student's academic performance as well as how you post grades and return graded work to students. Before talking with parents or potential employers about any aspect of a student's educational record, be sure to have the permission of the student in writing to release the requested information to that person. When returning students' graded work, you must ensure that no other individual can see or pick up work other than their own. Similarly, grades cannot be posted in any manner that allows one student to identify the grade of another student.

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